By Leslie Snyder
An emotional journey begins in Lima, Peru from an independent shoegaze/progressive Portuguese solo artist named Joaquim Barato. Joaquim Barato writes songs about beauty and anger with this latest musical collaboration with Flying Cape Experience who are an independent alternative/dream pop duo out of Flying Cape, Finland. These remarkable musicians released their latest musical collaboration called “8” Split EP on March 20, 2014 featuring eight “sense tingling” tracks that sound similar to the 1970’s “super group” ABBA.
The emotionally intense journey begins with the first track “Cherish” which is written by Joaquim Barato. This track features dark progressive/shoegaze melodies and soft “bellowing” chants throughout the track. This track is a reflective tale about a man who is appreciative of Mother Nature’s beauty. Meanwhile, beauty turns into darkness with the third track “Prophecies” which is also written by Joaquim Barato. This track features ‘haunting” progressive/shoegaze melodies with “eerie” chants “floating” throughout the track. This track is a gloomy tale about a man who is trapped by his past mistakes that are now making him feel guilty.
Next, darkness and anger turn into hope in the fifth track “Who’s standing beside you” which is written by Flying Cape Experience. This track features dark alternative/dream pop melodies and “moaning” vocals. This track is a sad tale about a person who has been hurt by people that he or she once trusted. Finally, the emotional journey ends with the hope of a new romance in the sixth track “I Am the other” which is also written by Flying Cape Experience. This track features “fluttering” alternative/dream pop melodies and soulful vocals. This track is a heartwarming tale about a beautiful woman who is putting a heartbroken man into a “trance.” This “trance” is literally filling this heartbroken man full of hope for a new romance.
This latest musical collaboration from Joaquim Barato and Flying Cape Experience which is called “8” Split EP is an absolute musical masterpiece. This wonderful collection of music describes every human emotion and will be enjoyed by many independent music fans all over the world.
Record Labels: El Vals del Conejo (Peru)/New-Zealander Active Listener Records
Artists Websites: http://www.elvalsdelconejo.bandcamp.com/album/8-split-ep
“The Sluagh” EP
By Leslie Snyder
A feeling of hopelessness comes out of Atlantic City, New Jersey from an unsigned alternative rock/doom metal trio called The Sluagh. This trio sings about hopelessness in the dark “underbelly” of society while sounding similar to Metallica with their “groaning” vocals and “thunderous” doom metal melodies. The Sluagh released their latest self titled EP on March 7, 2014 featuring five “nerve racking” tracks that will make listeners sweat like crazy due to intense fear.
The fearful journey begins with the sound of teeth rattling in the first track “Hysterical Blindness.” This statement best describes this dark instrumental track which features “moaning” alternative rock melodies. This track is an ominous tale about a troubled individual who is “sweating” in a dark room and feeling hopeless while engaging in various undesirable activities. Finally, the fearful journey ends with feelings of guilt in the second track “Nightmare.” This track features “groaning” vocals and ominous doom metal melodies, along with “thunderous” drum beats that sound like King Kong has been “stomping” through the city streets at night. This track is an anxious tale about a man who is being haunted by his guilty conscience over his past mistakes. The man desperately wants to make amends for his past mistakes because he is tired of living in what seems like a “never ending” nightmare.
The Sluagh is a fierce unsigned alternative rock/doom metal trio that sings songs about the dark “underbelly” of society with “reckless abandon.” The Sluagh combines “groaning” vocals and “thunderous” doom metal melodies to tell their story of hopelessness and fear. The trio’s self titled EP lets people know that life is full of negativity. However, people must turn their lives around for the better in order to end their years of emotional torment because life is too short to be unhappy.
Band Website: http://www.thesluagh.bandcamp.com/album/sluagh-ep
R Garcia Band
“Demons to Diamonds”
By Leslie Snyder
Life has many twists and turns according to the independent six member alternative/punk rock band out of Atlanta, Georgia called the R Garcia Band. The R Garcia Band sings songs about heartache and loneliness while sounding similar to the late Frank Zappa with their “robotic” vocals and “slithering” pop rock melodies that will send chills up one’s spine. The R Garcia Band released their latest CD “Demons to Diamonds” on January 18, 2014 featuring seven “gloomy” tracks.
The sad journey begins with the first track “Strings Attached.” This track features a “galactic” electronic sound which sounds like the Pac-Man video game, and includes “weeping” vocals. This track is about a person who has literally been given a “raw deal” in life. This person cannot seem to get ahead in life no matter how hard he or she tries. Meanwhile, the sad journey continues with heartache in the second track “Black Hearts Break.” This track features a “gloomy” introduction that sounds like a couple who is “writhing” in each other’s emotional torment. This track also features “slithering” pop rock melodies and more “robotic” vocals. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a stubborn couple who is on the verge of ending their tumultuous relationship.
Finally, the sad journey ends with loneliness in the third track “Pizza Time!” This track features “groovy” pop rock melodies and sorrowful vocals. This track is a lonely tale about a heartbroken man who wants to be left alone to play his favorite video games and eat pizza which happens to be his comfort food.
The R Garcia Band is a great independent alternative/punk rock band who sings songs about the “dark side” of life with sorrowful vocals and “slithering” pop rock melodies. The band’s latest CD “Demons to Diamonds” will remind people that society can be cruel. However, it is how people choose to deal with adversity that can make a difference in the outcomes of peoples’ lives.
Record Label: Fort Karate Records
Band Website: http://www.soundcloud.com/4rcia/sets/demons-to-diamonds
By Leslie Snyder
A scenic journey begins in Ithaca, New York from an unsigned ambient/post punk rock solo artist named Andy Schwartz. I Fucking Love You is his latest musical endeavor which uses mind imagery to bring out light, darkness, and happiness. I Fucking Love you sounds similar to Herbie Hancock with his dark, but “fluttering” electronic sound. I Fucking Love you released his latest CD “I Fly” on January 22, 2014 featuring seven “mind numbing” instrumental tracks that will make one shiver with excitement.
The mind numbing journey begins with a peaceful walk through the woods on a spring day. This statement best describes the first track “Yes.” This is a calm instrumental track featuring “fluttering” keyboards that sound like birds “chirping” a happy tune about spring bringing hope for a brighter future. Meanwhile, the mind numbing journey continues with overwhelming sadness. This statement best describes the fourth track “White Noise Dance.” This is an “eerie” instrumental track featuring “haunting” keyboards that sound like the devil is laughing at a troubled individual’s misfortunes. This track sounds like the troubled individual is sitting around and “sulking” in a dark room with the sound of “fuzz” blaring from an old television set.
Finally, the mind numbing journey ends with hope for the future. This statement best describes the fifth track “Was This the Best Day Ever?” This is a joyful instrumental track featuring a ukulele “crackling” and the sound of drums lightly “thumping” like two nervous heartbeats. This track sounds like a loving couple who is having their psychedelic wedding ceremony on a warm summer day.
I Fucking Love you is a wonderful musical endeavor from the unsigned ambient/post punk rock solo artist named Andy Schwartz. Andy Schwartz’s latest CD “I fly” best describes how humanity can change its behavior depending on the particular situations that may arise in life. This intense collection of music will make listeners senses go crazy.
Artist Website: http://www.ifuckingloveyou.bandcamp.com
“A Fifth of Elvis”
By Leslie Snyder
The good times are rolling coming out of Fort Lee, New Jersey from an unsigned alternative rock quartet called Morningside Lane. Morningside Lane is a “rowdy” quartet that sings songs about living life to the fullest and having a great time because life is too short to be unhappy. Morningside Lane sounds similar to Blink 182 with their “screaming” vocals and heavy, “grinding” alternative rock melodies. Morningside Lane released their latest CD “A Fifth of Elvis” on February 18, 2014 featuring six obnoxious tracks that will make one’s neighbors go crazy.
The party begins with the first track “A Fifth of Elvis.” This track features “screaming” vocals and “thunderous” alternative rock melodies. This track is an obnoxious rant about a man who is living the “hard partying” lifestyle of a rock star with absolutely no regard for its consequences should this man continue to keep on living this outrageous lifestyle. Meanwhile, the party continues with romance “blossoming” in the second track “Boardwalk.” This track features more “screaming” vocals and “breezy” alternative rock melodies. This track is a heartwarming tale about a man who is telling a beautiful story about how he met his “first love” on a warm summer day down the shore.
Finally, the party ends under a cloud of uncertainty in the third track “He’s A Good Kid.” This track features soulful vocals and “slithering” alternative rock melodies. This track is an anxious tale about a young man who is trying to convince a young girl’s father that his intentions are good. The “well mannered” young man would not harm the young girl in any way.
Morningside Lane is a great unsigned alternative rock quartet sings songs about having a good time in life and living life like there is no tomorrow. Morningside Lane combines “screaming” vocals and heavy, “grinding” alternative rock melodies which bring out the raucous tone of the quartet’s latest CD “A Fifth of Elvis.” This “hard charging” collection of music will make fans of alternative rock music proud.
“The Day We Became Houseguests”-Single Review
By Leslie Snyder
Sadness is looming in San Francisco, California from an unsigned electronic/pop rock trio called Faux Canada. This “eerie” trio sings songs about heartache and looking forward to the future for a more peaceful life without a lot of emotional turmoil. Faux Canada sounds similar to Missing Persons with their sorrowful vocals and haunting pop rock melodies, along with “icy” keyboards that will send “chills” up one’s spine. Faux Canada released the “heart wrenching” single “The Day We Became Houseguests” on January 14, 2014.
This track features “angelic,” but “weeping’ vocals and haunting pop rock melodies, along with “icy” keyboards that bring out the sadness that one will feel when listening to the track. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a couple who is on the verge of a breakup. The woman is tired of her boyfriend criticizing every little thing that she does. However, the heartbroken woman is determined to move on with her life and live in peace without the constant criticism.
Faux Canada is a great unsigned electronic/pop rock trio that will be around for many years. Faux Canada has remarkable musicianship with the ability to bring dark music into the light with passion and honesty. This trio will remind people that romance can be extremely painful when it ends.
Band Website: http://www.dropbox.com/s/p1rxga0ygffzt6q/FauxCanadaHouseguestprojector.zip
“Roll Up” EP
By Leslie Snyder
A cloud of uncertainty hangs over London, United Kingdom from an unsigned alternative/blues rock quartet called Ziegler Company. This “soul bearing” quartet sings songs about love, loss, and hopelessness sorrowful, but passionate vocals and “crisp” alternative/blues rock melodies that will surely “tug” at one’s “heartstrings.” Ziegler Company sounds similar to The Beatles, but with a much more melancholy tone throughout the quartet’s debut EP “Roll Up” which was released on January 30, 2014 featuring five “heart wrenching” tracks.
The uncertain journey begins with a ray of hope in the first track “Fall In.” This track features soulful vocal “breezy” alternative/blues rock melodies. This track is a heartwarming tale about a man who is desperately hoping to fall in love with a beautiful woman and be happy with her forever. Meanwhile, the uncertain journey continues with heartache in the second track “Slide.” This track features “brooding” vocals and “groovy” alternative/blues rock melodies that sound like a man sobbing uncontrollably. This track is a sorrowful tale about a man who is literally watching his life pass him by after his relationship with his former girlfriend ended. The sad man decided to sit around and mope rather than enjoy his hobbies.
Finally, the uncertain journey ends with hopelessness in the third track “It’s everywhere.” This track features “weeping” vocals and “eerie,” but “crisp” alternative/blues rock melodies. This track is about a lonely man who is telling a sad tale about how the world is full of deceit and disappointment all around him. The troubled man sees no hope in his future, and the troubled man feels that he will continue to be used and lied to by individuals that he once trusted.
Ziegler Company is a great unsigned alternative/blues rock quartet that sings songs about love, loss, and hopelessness with “sorrowful” vocals and cold, “crisp” alternative/blues rock melodies. The quartet’s debut EP “Roll Up” is perfect for those fans who like the “darker” form of alternative music.
Band Websites: http://www.zieglerco.bandcamp.com