Eugene, Oregon-based quartet Spiller embrace their Pacific Northwest roots and DIY mentality. Their diverse taste provides listeners with a melting pot of rock, math, jamming and jazz. With a passion for live performance, Spiller encapsulates the spontaneous nature of improvisation while combining it with an indie-rock flare. With their latest double EP, Reuben and Coldcut, Spiller has taken their sound to the next level, both lyrically and musically.
Spiller is proud to be part of a the Eugene, Oregon community, with the music and community coming ahead of glitz and glam. They produce no-frills, wholly memorable music that is well worth checking out.
"The songs from Reuben and Cold Cut are some that we’ve been playing live for almost a year now," bassist Aidan D’Angelo explains. "Because the songs were born in a live setting, we thought it was important to capture that same feeling of improvisation and spontaneity in the recording process. To do so, our drummer/engineer (Justin) set us up over at the music school and, using borrowed gear and whatever else he could find, made a great studio for us to record these songs. We spent the full day running through the tracks and what you hear on this double EP is the result of that day's work."
"Fall of last year I got around to watching 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' the documentary on Nina Simone," explains singer/guitarist Sam Mendoza. "It was incredibly inspiring just seeing how fearlessly she used her craft as a medium for protest and empowerment. This was around post-election time, where most of my friends and family were in a state of disarray and uncertainty. That frustration combined with having watched the film left me feeling restless."
"I was (and still am) concerned about our new administration essentially giving up on the planet, specifically the possibility of seeing the EPA and natural spaces going to dust. The lyrics came right out and almost immediately messed with a guitar sketch recorded via iPhone a few months prior. Per Spiller tradition, we decided to throw a jam/improvisational section in the middle of the song. It kind of serves as a strange preface to the heavy breakdown, which really conveys the big scary feelings. I like how the song takes many different directions; it could be jumbled, but we worked on the transitions to tie it all together."
The new EP from Lunar Lander Dance Commander (LLDC) “Liquid Smooth”, is a Synth Rock synergy that showcases the band's personality to the highest degree with a captivating and natural texture in production, while retaining the grit of a modern rock band. Similar to artists like The B-52s or Metric, this eccentric and talented group will definitely leave a good impression and a desire for more.
"We are so excited to have released our debut EP upon the world! Fun fact: It is called "Liquid Smooth" because this was originally the name that Chris and Donny wanted to call the band. Steph and Steve didn't like the name so we all compromised and decided to name the debut EP this instead. We all agreed that Lunar Lander Dance Commander was a kick ass name for the band so we went with that in the end. Woo, team work!!
CITIZENS OF EARTH!
Prepare for alt-rock domination with the galaxy's ultimate music sensation, Lunar Lander Dance Commander.
This funky foursome has one mission: get the crowd jumping with stellar grooves and an out of this world live show.
Brenda's new single “Children” is about manipulation and the inevitability of growing up. On the surface level this could be a song about a friendship, or even a relationship, but go a little deeper and the song is about childhood and what happens when people lose their childlike innocence. Everyone, at some point, wants to escape the trappings of adulthood and run away to a place where it seems as if time doesn't exist and age doesn't matter. This song vacillates between these two states of being.
"“Children” is one of the first songs we ever wrote. The video footage was shot on film by artist Sarah Ann Watson in East London. The clowns in the video are gathering at an annual church service to honour the father of modern "clowning", Joseph Grimaldi. We thought clowns would be a fitting representation of the themes in "Children". The event is usually known as a happy one, but the footage of the celebrating clowns seems a lot more sinister when paired with the song. Really a gathering of clowns is terrifying for everyone but the clowns."
The track is off their upcoming EP Creeper which will be out later this year.
These Are Truly The Last Days is a musical project with a driven experimental twist. Their music blurs the lines between various genres, including ambient, electronica, glitch hop, and more. The project’s self-titled studio effort features 11 studio tracks. The music stretches the sound towards different directions and sonic avenues, highlighting a dramatically diverse approach song by song. On “The skyline was beautiful on fire”, the artist strikes for a haunting and gritty vibe, with deep beats and lush sonic atmospheres. “Is that your personal narrative?” features a more melodic approach, with quirky melodic samples that almost remind me of old mellotron flute tones and other tasty vintage synths. With “Your Thoughts are powered by stardust, too”, These Are Truly The Last Day experiments with tasteful sonic drones and upbeat grooves, marking yet another different sonic experiment for the project.
One of my favorite tracks on this release is certainly the song titled “Gardens, we hope”. Closing in at slightly under the 7-minute mark, this track is probably one of the most dynamic compositions on the album. It starts with a simple, bare melody, and later morphs into a characterful composition with lots of drones, glitchy samples, and cool reverberated beats. “Think, my friend” is probably the shortest song on the record, serving as an interlude of sorts between “Gardens, we hope” and the coda, of the album, consisting of a beautiful two-part composition. “The moral high ground” is also an impressive composition featured on this album, split into two different parts and going for a very brooding tone.
These are only some of the most fundamental highlights in this particular release, as each and every song really deserves to be explored in full. The entire album really oozes charisma, with its retro-sounding synthesizers and unorthodox approach to beat making techniques and production aesthetics.
the skyline was beautiful on fire - 05:12
is that your personal narrative? - 06:30
your thoughts are powered by stardust, too - 03:33
Maggie Szabo is a Canadian singer-songwriter who has been winning over audiences worldwide with her stunningly soulful vocals and empowering pop anthems. Hailing from small town Ontario, Szabo is now an accomplished musician living in Los Angeles and is using her music to conquer social injustice.
After quickly becoming one of the most sought-after songwriter/vocalists for DJs and notable film and TV placements, Szabo’s latest work has focused primarily on her solo project and was written in some of the most beautiful and exotic places on earth, including Greece, Amsterdam, London and Thailand.
‘Don’t Give Up’ is the first single off of Szabo’s upcoming EP, entitled Worthy. It’s a beautifully authentic and heartfelt song dedicated to transgender youth around the world who live in fear and suffer from rejection and exclusion. ‘Don’t Give Up' showcases an emotional rawness rarely found in music today, whilst addressing a subject which is imperative within today’s society. With soaring layered vocals, Szabo sings an uplifting and encouraging message of hope and acceptance. The single features a driving rhythm section and gospel inspired backing vocals, creating the perfect empowering anthem for those in need. 'Don’t Give Up’ was written and recorded in Los Angeles along with Stefan Lit (One Direction) and Chaz Mason.
The powerful and poignant narrative of ‘Don’t Give Up' is reflected in a exquisitely cinematic video, that follows a girl who is struggling with her gender identity and the pressures of conformity in high school. Szabo’s ultimate messages to fight for social justice and equality, “people are people, love is love. Society needs to stand up” professes Szabo. “I can’t stand by and watch millions of transgender youth live in fear for their safety, outcast from their homes and marginalized by society simply because they are struggling to understand their gender identity. I want to stand with them.”
Szabo’s successes to date include over 13 million views on YouTube, extensive media coverage from high profile outlets such as Perez Hilton, Yahoo Music!, PopCrush and Huffington Post, as well as being featured on multiple airline playlists and numerous notable film and TV placements. She recently was the featured vocalist on the album for German electronic DJ Schiller, who has so far sold 7 million albums worldwide.
With a quickly growing fan-base and a social media following that tops some of the nation’s most established pop artists, Szabo has effectively used the internet to showcase and market her songs to the world and her dedicated fans.
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
The best music happens when artists refuse to remain stuck in their own comfort zones and creative boxes. Whenever this happens, they are free to give full range to their vision, and they can really come up with something that’s groundbreaking and personable. This is certainly the case here with Tommy Red and his brand new EP release, “I Wanna Be Exploited.”
Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.