September 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
On Saturday, August 23rd, I had the opportunity to attend a co-headlining show of Air Traffic Controller and The Tragic Thrills at the Mercury Lounge in New York City. The tour was part of a larger promotion for Air Traffic Controller’s new single, “The House,” which was produced by Bleu (Jonas Brothers, Boys Like Girls). ATC has already received notable recognition, being named “The Best Indie Alternative Song” by the Independent Music Awards, placing on NPR’s Hot 100 List for SXSW, and being The Guardian UK’s “Band of the Day” at one point.
Such praise was a great way to preface the show, raising my expectations, and I’m happy to report I was not disappointed. What stood out about ATC the most for me was their use of strings. This addition sets ATC apart and creates a more folky sound that many indie pop bands strive for, but can’t quite capture live. The strings, however, demonstrated great promise for ATC. I was reminded of the successes of The Head & The Heart and Mumford & Sons especially. The vocal harmony between Dave Munro and Casey Sullivan was also quite impressive. The gentle accompaniment of Sullivan’s voice was a definite favorite.
Some of the biggest songs of the night included “Hurry, Hurry” and the fan favorite, “Bad Axe, MI.” “Hurry, Hurry” was very energetic and created the perfect opportunity for crowd participation. The tempo is quick and you almost have to get off your feet to truly enjoy it. The chorus of “hurry, hurry” and “oh ohs” also lends to that crowd participation that artists and fans alike love.
“Bad Axe, MI” was not my favorite of the night, but is one that has become popular among ATC fans. The song tells the story of real life band, Bad Axe, from Bad Axe, MI. Lead singer Dave Munro was good friends with the band, and was so upset when they broke up that he wrote them their own song. As most great songs go, Munro drew from personal experience and banged out this hit in about five minutes. Munro and the rest of the band, and even the crowd were able to capture the mood of “Bad Axe, MI” perfectly. Even if it wasn’t my favorite, I could feel the heart that went into writing it and how that has come across, impacting the fans.
My favorite song of the night was “Warrior.” The beginning of the song immediately captivated me as the men of the band sang backup in a sort of Gregorian chant, giving Casey Sullivan the chance to take the stage as lead vocalist. The effect was almost entrancing it was so cool.
The highlight of ATC’s set, however, should really be their new single, “The House.” The entire tour was built around this song, and it was clear how much the band has put into this new music. You could tell how much fun they had performing it, and even listening to it after the show I can feel the smiles on their faces. Such energy spread to the crowd, as well, giving me confidence that Air Traffic Controller gained some new fans that night.
Other songs played included “You Know Me,” “The Work,” “Pick Me Up,” “If You Build It,” and “Ready or Not.”
The other headliner of the night was The Tragic Thrills, formerly part of Allstar Weekend. They were able to carry the energy that ATC had established, and were very personable with the crowd. I also found that they had a pretty good fan base, considering how new they are (performing only since fall 2013).
The Tragic Thrills’ sound is still considered influenced by pop, but their sound seemed to have stronger indie and folk vibes. I think this new sound will be a good direction for The Tragic Thrills, and pairing them with Air Traffic Controller made for an exciting tour.
The tour has since wrapped up, but if you have chance to see these bands in the future, I highly suggest it. In the meantime, be sure to check out Air Traffic Controller and The Tragic Thrills on Spotify.
August 30, 2014 § Leave a comment
Indie pop singer Kat Quinn has debuted the new music video for her single, “Little Rose.” Watch the video above and find out the inspiration behind the single here.
August 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
Atlanta pop rockers, The Well Reds, will be performing a FREE show at Rockwood Music Hall on September 10. The band, who has been called “the epitome of pure music bliss” by The Daily Unsigned, just released their new single, “Do You Still Love Me.” The single, which is guaranteed to have you on your feet, is the latest track released from the forthcoming album, Volume, set to release November 10.
Who: The Well Reds
Where: Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1 – 196 Allen St, New York, 10002
Date: Wednesday, September 10
Hope to see you at the show! You won’t want to miss these up and comers.
August 26, 2014 § Leave a comment
MisterWives are thrilled to announce that they’ll be on the road all fall supporting twenty one pilots on a huge nationwide tour. This week, the band kicks off a run of dates with Bleachers, which will include a performance at this year’s Made In America Festival in Philadelphia on August 31st alongside Kings of Leon, Pharrell, Grimes, and more. After wrapping up their trek with Bleachers with a hometown show at Webster Hall on September 4th, they’ll join up with twenty one pilots beginning September 5th in Columbus.
Check out the full list of dates below:
August 26, 2014 § Leave a comment
Sunday marked the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, full of its typical surprises and epic performances (Beyonce, anyone?). We compiled a list of some of our favorite winning videos, as well as some noted performances from the night. What were some of your highlights from the award ceremony??
“XO” – Beyonce
“Bang Bang” – Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Jessie J
“Amnesia” – 5 Seconds of Summer
“Wrecking Ball” – Miley Cyrus
“Chandelier” – Sia
“Sing” – Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell
“Maps” – Maroon 5
“Shake it Off” – Taylor Swift
“Problem” – Ariana Grande ft. Iggy
“BO$$” – Fifth Harmony
“Drunk In Love” – Beyoncé & Jay Z
“Stay With Me” – Sam Smith
August 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
Feature by Bailey Garno
Jackson 5. The Beach Boys. Kings of Leon. What do these bands have in common? Blood ties and incredible talent! But now we must be sure to add The Hunts to the list. Consisting of twin sisters Jenni and Jessi, and their five brothers Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin, and Jamison, this musical family hails from the farmlands of Chesapeake, Virginia, and are bringing the harmonious and melodic sounds of alt-folk to Cherrytree/Interscope Records.
Growing up, the family admits to not having much; one thing they always had was the influence of music. Their mother owned a music school, thus the Hunts learned violin at a young age. Their father, a guitarist, also passed down talent to the sweet-faced bunch. As the Hunts grew older, they acquired an interest for other eclectic instruments, including the mandolin, ukulele, banjo, drums, and piano, in addition to singing.
Covering tunes and performing original material, The Hunts began as a local feature. Then in 2007, the family took off in a van, making stops around the country and brushing their hands off at the end of the year knowing they had completed around 100 shows.
Up until 2012, The Hunts were very much an independent band, touring everywhere and collecting plenty of miles. But once their demo CD reached the hands of producer Mark Carman, things began picking up for them. We Were Young, which features 10 original songs that were recorded over a mere four days, was received better than they could’ve anticipated. “Make This Leap” found airplay on the radio, and was enough to catch the attention of those at Songs Music Publishing, and later Cherrytree Records/Interscope Records.
The Hunts’ debut EP with Cherrytree/Interscope has been available since its digital release on August 19th. At a modest three tracks, The Hunts plan on spreading their sound through Life Was Simple, and a U.S. tour in September. Check out the official tour dates on their website at thehuntsmusic.com, and watch the music video for their first single, “Make This Leap,” on VEVO!