Ed Tang & the Chops
By Leslie Snyder
A long walk down memory lane begins in Asbury Park, New Jersey from an independent aggressive-folk/Americana quintet called Ed Tang & the Chops. This whimsical and passionate quintet sings songs about the simple pleasures of life while sounding similar to folk icon Bob Dylan with the “raspy” vocals and “groovy” aggressive-folk/Americana melodies. This collection of music will surely get one’s toes tapping. Ed Tang & the Chops will release their new self titled EP on June 7, 2014 featuring five heartwarming tracks that will include the entire quintet playing together.
The heartwarming journey begins with the first track “When Death should find us.” This track features “raspy” vocals and “rustic” aggressive-folk/Americana melodies. This track is a soul bearing, but “haunting” tale about a man who lives his life to the fullest. However, the man knows that death will come and he wants to die doing his favorite occupation which is playing music in “full throttle.” The man wants to be remembered as a “fun loving” person. Meanwhile, the heartwarming journey continues with both reflection and sadness in the third track “Brothers in the Way Back.” This track features sorrowful vocals and “weeping” aggressive-folk/Americana melodies. This track is a “heart wrenching” tale about a man who is really missing his family and friends from the past. The man had a lot of fun when he was younger. The man knows that he cannot go back to the past. So, the man cherishes those fond memories from his past.
Finally, the heartwarming journey ends with a glimmer of hope in the fifth track “Leaving of Liverpool.” This track features soulful vocals and “bubbly” aggressive-folk/Americana melodies. This track is a hopeful tale about a man who is leaving the town he loves in order to pursue his “rock and roll” dream. The man strongly believes that his goal is realistic and his future is looking bright.
Ed Tang & the Chops are a great independent aggressive-folk/Americana quintet that sings songs about life’s simple pleasures in a lighthearted manner. The quintet’s self titled EP will put huge smiles on the faces of many fans of folk and Americana music with its “groovy” melodies.
Record Label: Ed Tang Music
Band Websites: http://www.EdTangMusic.com
“On the Floor with Your Mom”
By Leslie Snyder
Anger oozes out of Seattle, Washington from a raucous independent skater punk/metal quartet called Slam Suzzanne. Slam Suzzanne sings songs about the absolute disrespect of authority, the “pitfalls” of constant partying, and the adjustment from the teenage lifestyle to adulthood with an obnoxious attitude sounding similar to The Ramones and Metallica with their “screaming” vocals and “thunderous” punk/metal melodies that sound like a freight train rolling down the tracks.
Slam Suzzanne released their re-mastered version of the CD “On the Floor with Your Mom” on April 20, 2014 featuring fourteen “ear piercing” tracks that will literally make one’s neighbors run for cover. This raucous quartet began their journey with a heavy underground following in the early 1990’s because of the “brooding” nature of the music that was coming out of Seattle during that period of time. However, Slam Suzzanne had their own “brash” and loud view of the world around them. This collection of music is relevant to today’s music scene because it gives punk rock fans a voice and a glimmer of hope.
The angry journey begins with the first track “No Food.” This track features “screaming” vocals and “thunderous” punk/metal melodies. This track is an obnoxious rant about a group of young kids who are feeling disrespected, or “starved” by those individuals who are in authority. These young kids are mad at the world because no one seems to care about their fears and needs. Meanwhile, the angry journey continues in the fifth track “Get Out.” This track features more “screaming” vocals and “brooding” punk/metal melodies. This track is an agonizing tale about a young man who is getting really tired of a party and the rowdy people who are making a huge mess in his house.
Finally, the angry journey ends with a walk down memory lane in the sixth track “Skate.” This track features “gritty” vocals and “thunderous” punk/metal melodies. This track is a reflective tale about a man who misses being a teenager and being able to ride his skateboard whenever he chooses to do so. However, the man realizes that adulthood carries a lot more responsibility.
Slam Suzzanne is a great independent skater/punk metal quartet. They are not afraid to speak their minds with loud and obnoxious melodies. This raucous quartet’s latest CD “On the Floor with Your Mom” will let people know that it is okay to be who they want to be and to have a great time.
Record Label: Green Monkey Records
Band Websites: http://www.facebook.com/slamsuzzanne?fref=ts
By Leslie Snyder
A long strange trip begins in Red Bank, New Jersey from an unsigned funk/pop rock artist named LT Turntable. LT Turntable likes to explore new avenues with his whimsical brand of funk and pop rock music while singing about a post apocalyptic world, traveling into outer space, and finding true love. LT Turntable sounds similar to Velvet Underground with his “chanting” vocal harmonies and “bubbly” pop rock melodies that will make listeners “scratch” their heads in amazement. LT Turntable released his latest CD “Lazy Dynamite” on December 31, 2013 featuring eleven “galactic” sounding tracks.
The strange trip begins with the first track “Oh, Lazy Dynamite.” This track features “zombie” like vocal chants throughout the track and “bubbling” pop rock melodies. This track is a haunting tale about people who are living in a post apocalyptic world after a large meteor hit the Earth. People are wandering around “aimlessly” and wondering how to put their lives back together after this horrific event. Meanwhile, the strange trip continues with the second track “By the Moon.” This track features more “zombie” like vocal chants and “gurgling” pop rock melodies, along with a soft piano melody lightly “floating” throughout the track. This track is a heartwarming tale about an astronaut who is taking a long space walk.
Finally, the strange trip ends with the possibility of romance in the third track “Here, Near Deer.” This track features soulful vocals and “breezy” pop rock melodies. This track is a hopeful tale about a man who is anxiously waiting to meet a beautiful woman and possibly spend the rest of his life with her.
LT Turntable is a great unsigned funk/pop rock artist who is not afraid to push musical boundaries. LT Turntable’s latest CD “Lazy Dynamite” will definitely prove this point.
Guns Out At Sundown
“Fear Not the Fallen”-“Cowboy Killer” (Single Review)
By Leslie Snyder
Fear is unleashed out of Oakland, Maryland from an unsigned hard rock quintet called Guns Out at Sundown. This “hard charging” quintet sings a song about living life on one’s own terms while sounding similar to Pantera with their “snarling” vocals and loud, “grinding” metal riffs that sound like a freight train “barreling” through a busy city. The fearful story is told in the “thunderous” single “Cowboy Killer” which is from the quintet’s second CD “Fear Not the Fallen.” This CD was released in 2012.
This track is an obnoxious rant about people who have no respect for authority and choose to live their lives on their own terms. These people refuse to be “stepped on” by the bureaucrats in society. Guns Out at Sundown are a fierce unsigned hard rock quintet with an unapologetic attitude. Guns Out at Sundown will make fans of “old school” hard rock music very proud. The quintet’s unapologetic philosophy about life will let people know that it is all right to live one’s own life.
Band Websites: http://www.facebook/gunsoutatsundown
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