Country Artist Holly Spears New Video, “Farm Girl”


Nashville Recording Artist based out of Northern, KY through marriage, Holly Spears has learned it doesn’t matter where you live with your dreams are BIG. Her new single, “Farm Girl” is currently on New Music weekly’s Country Internet Chart at #11. It’s #22 on their Main Country Chart and still rising. Holly is currently #11 on the Country Top 30 Indie Artists.

This small town girl has found her way into acting in a Western movie called “Nail 32.” She has 5 songs in the movie as well as 5 songs in a movie called, “Virtuous,” that stars Erik Estrada. Holly has had 2 songs in commercials, several music videos on TV as well as You Tube and she loves sharing her industry knowledge with the music students she builds into. You can keep up with her music journey on http://www.hollyspears.com

Watch “Farm Girl” Video by Holly Spears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wazHAVjFeBA

Source- Rive Video Promotion

‘The Saturate’ EP By House Hounds


Forming in late 2013 through a musician classified ad, the boys set out working on material after connecting on the love of shared influences. After a couple of years of gigging and rehearsing, a few singles, radio interviews and airplay, the band started working on their debut EP Saturate.

Written, recorded and self produced over the course of 6 months, the EP was handed to multi-award winning producer Magoo for mixing duties and mastered by Matthew Gray.

“The EP was recorded over the course of 6 months after long nights and days of pre-production and demoing. All songs were written around the same time frame except the first track ‘Bird’ which was written two years prior,” says
member Keelan Callaghan on the process of writing the EP.

On display on the EP are 70s influenced vintage synths, overdriven guitar layers and creamy fuzz leads, reminiscent of 90s era alt-rock records and a modern take on a vintage compressed drum sound, are all features of the new release.

Lead single ‘Karamel’, layers 70s influenced vintage synth sounds with a mono recorded drum track. The song’s uniquely structured arrangement is standout.

“The EP was named “Saturate” as an adjective to describe the overall sound of the EP. Having multiple layers of guitars and the use of effects and atmosphere… to me the songs sounded “saturated” in color, tying them together.

Lyrically the songs are about life events that I have experienced over the past 2 years,” says Keelan.

For Fans Of: Smashing Pumpkins | Mac Demarco | Tame Impala | The War on Drugs

The Saturate EP by HOUSE HOUNDS will be released 23rd of June 2017.

Links:

http://www.facebook.com/HouseHoundsTheBand

Source- The A&R Department

Staci Frenes Promotes Her Current Album, ‘Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores’

(Left to Right, Shane Tallant, Co-host, “Today in Nashville,” Frenes; Carole Sullivan, Co-host, “Today in Nashville”)


Nashville, Tenn.- Singer, songwriter and in-demand speaker, Staci Frenes, was recently in Nashville to promote her current album, Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores. She first did a lengthy interview with Paul Ladd at World Christian Broadcasting about her CD and book Flourish, which was followed with live performances of two songs (“Disarm” and “Undreamed Shores”) at “Today in Nashville” last Friday. Before heading to Nashville, Frenes appeared on Cornerstone TV Network’s “Real Life,” and did interviews with such outlets as Alabama Baptist, Shattered Magazine, Solutions Magazine, Priority Talk Radio, among others.

“The opportunity to play the Hard Rock stage on WSMV-TV’s ‘Today in Nashville’ was a career highlight for me,” says Frenes. “And it was an honor to share my story with the international listeners of World Christian Broadcasting. The themes of this new album relate to so many different walks of life, and it’s been a joy to share it in Nashville last week!”

Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores presents the most honest and vulnerable side of Frenes, more so than any other recording in her career. The project chronicles the turmoil of Frenes’ past few years, where she dealt with the traumatic circumstances of losing her father and brother within months of each other, losing the family home in the 2007 financial crisis and the unexpected shock of her teenage daughter announcing that she’s gay.

Frenes is based in San Francisco and has been writing and recording for several years through her publishing company, Stones Throw Music. Her songs have had placements on such major outlets as “The Biggest Loser,” “America’s Next Top Model,” along with national ads for American Airlines and the Gap, along with feature films that include the 2016 “Faith of Our Fathers.”

Source- Bozeman Media

We Are The Catalyst Celebrate 2 Million Streams with New Video Release


Swedish Rockers deliver stunning video for One More Day to say thank you to their growing army of fans.

Varberg, Sweden – Having just passed the milestone of 2 million streams, alt Rock / Metal outfit We Are The Catalyst are celebrating and saying a big thank you to their fans by way of a new video release for the track “One More Day” from the bands critically acclaimed album Elevation.

One More Day Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3EzQTvrh1M

“”One More Day” is without a doubt one of the strongest tracks on “Elevation” and a song we are very proud of. It was one of those songs that was hanging loose for a long time in the writing process before we came up with the final touches, like the first verse, vocals and the melody of the chorus. It suddenly just turned to magic. Since then it has been one of my personal favorites.” said guitarist and co founder of the band Kenny Boufadene.

On getting over 2 million streams, front woman Cat Fey sent a very personal message “To all our fans: Thank you all for your support, for buying our music and merchandise, for sharing us with your friends. Thanks also for putting us in playlists, using our music in your own videos on youtube and all the other ways people have discovered and shared our music – we are the proof that this is how modern bands can make it without the backing of a major label, instead building slowly and for the long term!”

We Are The Catalyst are currently working on a new album and are making plans to tour internationally.

Elevation is available to purchase at

https://watcofficial.bandcamp.com/album/elevation

and

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/elevation/id1093021553

The track listing for “Elevation” is:

01. Delusion
02. A Million Claws
03. Our Dark World
04. Open Door
05. Without Fear
06. One More Day
07. Alive
08. Askja
09. Home
10. Never Ending Night
11. Life Equals Pain

We Are The Catalyst is:

Cat Fey (vocals)
Kenny Boufadene (guitar / vocals)
Håkan Strind (drums)
Joni Kaartinen (bass)

Link:

http://www.wearethecatalystofficial.com

Source- 110 Db PR & Music Promotion

Michael W. Stand Releases 3-Song Acoustic EP


Santa Cruz, California – Thumper Punk Records is thrilled to announce the release of Michael W. Stand’s contribution to the 3 Song Acoustic EP series. Michael W. Stand is a pioneer in gospel music, with a distinguished career that spans several decades and multiple genres.

Founded in the early 1980’s, his band The Altar Boys developed a worldwide following as they boldly expressed their faith over Orange County style punk and alternative rock. In the 1990’s, his band Clash of Symbols stood at the forefront of hard hitting rock, with catchy and accessible pop melodies.

In his current band The Altar Billies, Michael W continues to flex his songwriting abilities, guitar skills and vocal talent to reach out to a diverse audience of people that appreciate the finer musical qualities found in rockabilly, gospel, and country. His 3 Song Acoustic series release features stripped down acoustic versions of three of his more notable efforts with an added measure of western flare and fancy.

Track listing:

1. World Burning
2. Long, Long Road
3. Locomotive Don’t Pass Me By

Available as limited edition 7″ vinyl from the TPR webstore (http://thumperpunkrecords.storenvy.com) and for digital download on iTunes, AmazonMP3, and from all the usual suspects.

The 3 Song Acoustic series features a monthly EP release from legends, friends and artists involved with the JCHC scene.

Source- Thumper Punk Records (http://www.thumperpunkrecords.com) helps artists record, produce and distribute music that reflects a positive, Christ-centered message.

Deer Tick Announces First New Music in Four Years


For the first time in four years the acclaimed and beloved band Deer Tick announce the September 15 release of a long-awaited new album…actually, two. Never a group to stand by conventional protocol, the celebrated Providence, RI quartet will release two separate albums of original material, Deer Tick Vol. 1 and Deer Tick Vol. 2 (Partisan Records), recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN. The two albums complement each other yet reflect completely contrasting styles, both of which accurately represent the two distinctive musical personalities of Deer Tick – quiet and thoughtful / loud and raucous.

Deer Tick Vol. 1 showcases the folk-driven, roots/rock style with right amount of grit, that Deer Tick is known for. Lead singer/ songwriter John McCauley is a masterful introspective and observational songwriter, who documents inner struggles and external conflicts with a perfect balance of heartfelt sincerity and wry wit. The opening track “Sea of Clouds” encompasses all of what brought so many fans to Deer Tick in the first place, and also what kept them there.

Guitarist Ian O’Neil’s “Hope is Big” and drummer Dennis Ryan’s “Me & My Man” expand on the group’s already dynamic range.

On Deer Tick Vol. 2, the band turns it up and lets it fly with an injection of punk-inspired garage rock at it’s finest. Clever lyrics, infectious hooks and captivating melodies pack Vol. 2 with bassist Christopher Ryan skillfully laying it down with authority and attitude. The propulsion of opener “Don’t Hurt”, edgy pop of “Jumpstarting” and rowdy punk of “It’s a Whale” reveal that there was an obvious Jekyll & Hyde approach to recording Vol. 1 & Vol. 2. Vol. 2 closes with boisterous “Mr. Nothing Gets Worse”, with all three singers taking a verse on a song that would have made The Replacements proud.

Deer Tick defines the term outlier. Their ever-evolving style has never been claimed by any one scene or genre. They encompass key elements of indie-rock, country, punk, pop, Americana, folk and so much more, which is what makes it difficult to nail them down. With Deer Tick Vol. 1 and Deer Tick Vol. 2, the question really is, why would anyone want to?

http://www.deertickmusic.com

Source- Prescription PR

Alexa Dark Debut EP Empty Drinks/Empty Hearts

(Photo Credit: Joseph Paradiso)


Watch Alexa Dark – “Empty Drinks”

Alexa Dark debuts her new single and music video, “Empty Drinks,” via She Shreds. She Shreds praised the track and accompanying video, stating, “With its biting lyrics, apathetic mood, and crunchy guitars, the record’s title track recalls some of the best 90s alt-rock anthems.” The video’s live element highlights both the grit and the glamour of Alexa Dark’s musical style and look.

Raised between Spain, London and Germany, now based in New York City and London, the songs are inspired by Alexa Dark’s transient lifestyle. The songs were written in bedrooms, planes, between drinks outside East London
clubs during early morning hours and on the concrete of various metropolitan cities. Conceived in heartbreak, in transit and from boundless nostalgia, these tracks intertwine cultural and personal narratives, influenced by the Spanish singer songwriters played in her childhood kitchen, in addition to female rock legends such as Patti Smith, Debbie Harry and Kim Gordon.

Empty Drinks/Empty Hearts is a collection of songs cultivated in the brief moment when the party is over, when the sobriety comes just before the morning does. “Blur” is one of the first songs Alexa wrote and has evolved to cater to many different relationships and situations throughout her life. It’s a “f*** it” anthem, of sorts, but still portrays vulnerability, baring her bones. “Nothing More” is an “anti-love” song, about loving but in an untraditional sense.

Referring to the EP’s title, “Empty Drinks” is a party anthem that encapsulates the sober realization and reflection on the emptiness felt at the end of the night.

Empty Drinks/Empty Hearts – TRACKLISTING
01. Nothing More
02. Empty Drinks
03. Blur
04. Again and Again
05. Our Time

Source- Tell All Your Friends PR

Dan Wilson Announces New Album Re-Covered out August 4th


New Record Finds Wilson Reinterpreting Songs from his Storied Career as an In-Demand Songwriter

On August 4, Dan Wilson will return with Re-Covered, a unique album that finds the Grammy-winning songwriter reinterpreting songs from his storied career that he wrote for and with other artists. The album, which marks his third
solo studio release, is now available for pre-order on iTunes and Pledge Music and includes instant downloads of the first two singles: “Someone Like You” ft. Kronos Quartet, originally written with Adele, and “Home,” which was written with Dierks Bentley.

The album was announced in a conversation with Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 Radio show, where he premiered “Someone Like You” ft. Kronos Quartet. Stream the song and listen to the interview via Apple Music: http://apple.co/_DanWilson

Salon premiered the video for “Someone Like You” ft. Kronos Quartet which features illustrations by Wilson himself.

Annie Zaleski interviewed Wilson about the forthcoming project and said, “On this version, the Kronos Quartet adds majestic shading to sparse acoustic guitar and Wilson’s weary vocal delivery; the latter element especially captures the original song’s combination of aching resignation and emotional fortitude.”

Rolling Stone Country premiered “Home,” which was written with Dierks Bentley and Brett Beavers and went on to hit #1 on the Country radio chart. Rolling Stone’s Jon Freeman said, “With his interpretation, Wilson gives the tune a rock makeover complete with throbbing bass, pounding toms and white-hot eruptions of electric guitar that lend it a sense of urgency and anxiety familiar to Donald Trump’s America.”

Since his days in seminal ‘90s rock band Semisonic, Wilson has been an in-demand songwriter, producer and arranger for some of the biggest acts in pop and rock music like Phantogram, Weezer, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Halsey and My Morning Jacket. For his latest 13-track album, Wilson has taken songs he’s co-written with other artists and made them his own – his own arrangements, his voice, his guitar. The result is an eclectic spin on some of the biggest songs in pop music over the last 15 years as well as some gems that never quite made it big.

“I’m hoping there are some songs on the record that everyone will recognize and think of as part of the landscape,” he says. “But then there are other songs that maybe people haven’t heard at all or they’ve only heard in passing.”

Most of the songs on the album were recorded live and mixed in an intensive week-long session at United Studios in Los Angeles, with longtime collaborators Mike Viola producing and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Pete Thomas on drums. Wilson credits Thomas, best known for his decades of work with Elvis Costello, with being central to the crafting of the arrangements.

Front and center on Re-Covered are two of Wilson’s most important and best known collaborations. Adele’s “Someone Like You” and the Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready to Make Nice” became massive global hits – both commercial and critical success stories that ended up becoming career-defining numbers for those artists. The album also features “When The Stars Come Out” (Chris Stapleton), “Treacherous” (Taylor Swift), and “You and I” (John Legend).

One last song, written solo, completes the tale. “‘Closing Time’ isn’t a co-write,” Wilson points out. “I wrote it for my band Semisonic, so it breaks the rule of the album a bit. But it’s such an important part of the story I felt like I couldn’t leave it off the record.” The Grammy-nominated song reached #1 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart, and is frequently cited as a defining track of the late 90s.

“In Semisonic, I was a songwriter who happened to have a rock band,” he says. “And it was something very conscious in my mind. I thought of myself as a writer first, and then a performer or a guitarist.”

“I had this exalted vision of what a songwriter was – someone who went into battle with only a bow and arrow, because they were just working on words and melody,” he adds. “I thought that was heroic.”

Wilson will tour in support of Re-Covered this fall, with additional tour dates to be announced in the coming months.

Track list:

1) All Will Be Well (Gabe Dixon)
2) Home (Dierks Bentley)
3) You an I (John Legend)
4) Someone Like You ft. Kronos Quartet (Adele)
5) Never Meant To Love You (Cory Chisel)
6) Not Ready To Make Nice (Dixie Chicks)
7) Landing (Matt Wilson)
8) Treacherous (Taylor Swift)
9) Borrowed (LeAnn Rimes)
10) Your Misfourtune (Mike Doughty)
11) When The Stars Come Out (Chris Stapleton)
12) If I Walk Away (Josh Groban)
13) Closing Time (Semisonic)

Tour Dates:

9/23: Chicago, IL – City Winery
9/27: Boston, MA – City Winery
9/28: New York, NY – City Winery
9/30: Nashville, TN – City Winery
10/20: Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
10/21: San Francisco, CA – Swedish American Music Hall

Source- Missing Piece Group

Roya Share Self-Titled LP On The 405

(Photo Credit: Samantha West)


Roya have shared their debut self-titled LP on The 405. When talking about the LP, lead singer Rahill Jamalifard describes it as, “A scrambler of post punk jangles, with dark undertones and somber lyrics, an ode to touchy subjects.”. Prior to the LP stream the band released three singles, “Scum Rise”, “A Sickness”, and “End Times”. The band will be celebrating the release of their debut LP at Brooklyn Bazaar on 6/16. Roya’s debut self-titled album comes out June 2nd via Burger Records.

Roya, the poetic persian name of a little girl means an ominous dream, a mind trip, a fantasy. Such was the vision lead singer Rahill Jamalifard first had when hatching the idea for the band. A moody and seductive tone set against a primitive and surreal soundscape. Lending its voice to somber echoes and jangles of post punk and psychedelia. How often we wander to the uncomfortable depths of our darker minds, where unanswered questions live, where they stay carefully tucked away, still existing, unaddressed. In Roya, the exploration begins, confronting the fears and realities we struggle with. The mediocrity of life, complacency, death and its undoings, life and its great fragility, Roya invades the minds and hearts of its listeners greeting them with unwavering emotion.

The bands early formation consisting of singer Rahill Jamalifard, guitarist Jay Heislemann and drummer Hamish Kilgour set the foundation for Roya’s deliberately minimal sound. Kilgour, notable as a founding member of New Zealand’s seminal post punk band The Clean, plays shambolic and primitive driving drumbeats that add layers of depth and texture to his boldness. Heislmann’s guitar spills over Kilgour’s rhythmic web with deconstructed eastern surf riffs dripping wet with noisy undertones. This melodically demented outfit cradle Jamalifard’s stark and naked vocals that paint over each chorus with grief-stricken and doleful lyrics that are raw but gentle in delivery.

Joined later by contributing song writer and guitarist Christian Sawyer, whose presence was brief but significant, the band began to record their self titled debut record at the now defunct Death By Audio recording studio. Joining them during this time was bassist Alix Brown, whose spirited gusto added attitude and swagger with her driving grooves. In its current formation Roya is a five piece ensemble with Tyler Love on rhythm guitar and mellotron and Lyla Vander on drums. Their debut record is set to be released by Burger Records in June 2017.

Source- Tell All Your Friends PR

Natasha Owens Rises Above Personal Tragedy to Bring Hope to Others with Upcoming Album


Natasha Owens is set to return July 7th with her upcoming album, We Will Rise – featuring the brand new single, “I Am Loved.” Quietly released in April, the “I Am Loved” lyric video has exploded with nearly 200,000 views to date, thanks to an increasingly growing fanbase that has been anxiously awaiting new music since the 2016 release of her No One But You EP.

2017 has kept Natasha busy, recording her upcoming album with award-winning producer Ed Cash (Dave Barnes, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Chris Tomlin, Vince Gill) while simultaneously touring with 7eventh Time Down, Audio Adrenaline, Greg Sikes and Austin French on the “God Is On The Move” Spring Tour. She’s also been on the road for additional tour dates with JJ Weeks and John Waller and also performing support slots for both Plumb and Matthew West.

But Natasha’s path to a successful recording career is unique, rooted in agonizing heartache and unbelievable tragedy. Seven years ago, Natasha’s father died suddenly at just 58 years old. While cleaning his guns as he had done countless times before, one misfired, placing a bullet in his chest.

Once the shock wore off, the depression set in. And in the midst of the darkness, Natasha was approached by her pastor about taking over the music ministry at her church. After a lot of time in prayer, alongside her husband, she accepted the position. Soon, the music, the mission and the ministry captivated her heart. Week after week, as she poured herself into the music of the church and the people within, the Holy Spirit poured into her a peace, a reassurance and a drive to take this opportunity even further than she could have imagined.

“Sometimes you have to pour out to other people,” she says. “You have to pour out in faith. That’s when and how you get your healing. I took the music minister position and while it was still a long process of climbing out of the depression, I was so focused on songs, it stopped the spiral. It took time, but the music held me. The songs gave me strength enough to get out of bed.”

At the prompting of a friend she took some of her music into the recording studio and created her first full-length project. It didn’t take long for the album to circulate within the music industry, and she suddenly found herself touring as the opening act for CCM’s most iconic artists, including Michael W. Smith and Jason Crabb. And suddenly, her music was finding an audience and her songs were resonating with people desperate for hope.

The songs that had been her healing, her comfort and her restoration were becoming that very thing to people around the world. She wasn’t just surviving anymore. She was beginning to thrive. “When we go through something that leaves us so broken, we have to give Him the credit for pulling us through,” she says. “We have to show empathy and help others through it. We have to be out there with the broken.”

Natasha knew there was more in her heart that needed to be written and recorded, leading to her upcoming album We Will Rise. “The project took on a very clear direction,” she says. “I knew I had made it through, but it was time for more.”

The result is a collection of songs that seeks to inspire listeners to rise above their heartache and circumstances, letting go of the fear and regret that holds us back. The songs that comprise the We Will Rise allow listeners to be honest and vulnerable in the most challenging and intimidating circumstances.

“There’s something intrinsic about humanity and a survival instinct,” says Natasha. “Most of us will do whatever we can to keep our head above water, to take one more breath in and out…to keep breathing and keep our heart beating. But God’s intent for His children, His creation, wasn’t limited to survival. He intends for us to thrive. ‘I have come that you may have life to the fullest.’ (John 10:10).”

For Natasha Owens that verse isn’t merely a comfort or a pick-me-up… It’s a decree. A mantra for life…and it is the very thing that has turned her darkest days into a light that is too bright not to share.

For more information, visit the official website at http://natashaowensmusic.com.

Source- Nashville Publicity Group