(PCM) I can officially say that I am ridiculously excited for the upcoming release of “Black Cat”, the highly anticipated new album from alternative pop band Never Shout Never! Never Shout Never’s Christofer Drew is an artist that absolutely refuses to be grouped into any one particular genre or style and this has never been more evident than within the tracks that make up the “Black Cat” record.
I adore that Never Shout Never has never been afraid to be a bit experimental with their sound and take a few risks along the way. It truly pays off with “Black Cat” as I find it to be one of the band’s most solid efforts to date. “Black Cat” also marks the first time that Drew has welcomed the input of his fellow band mates and the album’s producer Dennis Harring to pen a few of the tracks that make up the album.
At the end of the day, “Black Cat” is a pop album, but with a more matured twist. Each track tells a very unique and engaging story and I find myself picking up on additional details with each and every listen. “Black Cat” is set to drop on August 7 via Warner Bros. Records just as Never Shout Never wraps up there stint playing the Main Stage at this years Vans Warped Tour. Fans who pre-order the album will receive instant access to download the new singles “Hey! We OK” and “Red Balloon”, which are also available for purchase via iTunes.
I caught up with Christofer Drew and the rest of Never Shout Never at the Van’s Warped Tour Stop in Columbia, MD to discuss the new album, touring plans, their creative process and more! Check it out below:
(PCM) Producer Kent Heckaman discovered vocalists Rachel Russell and Torey Russell in the summer of 2010 through studio manager Dusty Rose at Cue Recording in Falls Church, VA. Mr. Heckaman was impressed with the vocal abilities and harmonies that Rachel and Torey brought to the studio. The ladies describe their music as non-traditional folk with an indie sounding twist.
In 2012, Sonnet Cottage released Another Time, a record that earned lots of positive reviews and acclaim, including airplay on Sirius/XM. Another Time was a collection of incredible, rich harmonies and memorable acoustic songs.
Their second CD, titled Half Written Story, will be released in late June. The album will have 11 songs. Those gems feature incredible guitar playing and warm tones from Nashville-based Buddy Speir, an extraordinary musician in his own right.
(PCM) Let me begin by saying that ever since I got my hands on copy of Cody Simpson’s highly anticipated new album “Free” I am absolutely in love. The overall ambiance of the album is breezy and beautiful, with Simpson showcasing a side of himself that many will be surprised to see. With this album, Simpson is able to just let go and truly be free to create the music that it appears he was always destined to make.
“Free” will be released on July 10th and the entire album is sure to become a staple on everyone’s summer playlist. The album will be released via Coast House Records / Banana Beat Records and is produced by Cisco Adler.
Favorite tracks: “Thotful”, “I’m Your Friend” “Wilderness” and “Love Yourself” feat. G.Love
I had a chance to catch up with Cody Simpson just prior to his performance at the Firefly Music Festival to discuss the new album, touring plans and more! See our full interview below:
Simpson has announced his upcoming summer tour dates with Donovan Frankenreiter followed by a fall tour with AER. Cody will also be performing his song “New Problems” on TODAY Show on Monday, July 13th followed by Late Late Show with James Corden on Monday, July 20th.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
Jun 27 Bonner Springs, KS @ Mix 93.3’s Red, White & Boom!
Aug 10 Singapore @ SCAPE Playspace
Aug 12 Manila, Philippines @ Newport Performing Arts Theater
Aug 15 Tokyo, Japan @ Summer Sonic, QVC Marine Field
Aug 16 Osaka, Japan @ Summer Sonic, Maishima
Donavon Frankenreiter Tour Dates
Aug 18 Cape May, NJ – Cabana’s Beach Bar and Grill
Aug 19 Dewey Beach, DE – Bottle & Cork
Aug 20 Washington, DC – The Hamilton
Aug 22 Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Aug 23 Myrtle Beach, SC – The Boathouse
Aug 24 Charleston, SC – Music Farm
Aug 25 Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live
Aug 26 Fort Pierce, FL – The Inlet
Aug 27 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
Aug 28 Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
Aug 29 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Aug 30 Key West, FL – Parade Grounds at Fort East Martello
AER Tour Dates
Sep 16 Portland, ME @ State Theatre
Sep 17 Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
Sep 18 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
Sep 19 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Sep 20 S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Sep 22 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
Sep 23 Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
Sep 24 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Sep 25 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
Sep 26 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
Sep 27 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sep 29 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Sep 30 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Oct 2 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theatre
Oct 4 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Oct 7 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
Oct 8 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Oct 9 San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
Oct 10 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
Oct 11 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
Oct 13 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
Oct 15 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Oct 16 Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
Oct 17 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Oct 18 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Oct 20 Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
Oct 21 Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
Oct 22 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
Oct 23 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
Oct 24 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
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(PCM) Everyone once in awhile an album comes across my desk at work where it leaves such an impression that the music just seems to speak to your soul. “Blaster” the debut album from Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts is very much that type of album and I have been playing it non-stop from beginning to end.
Of course many know Scott Weiland as the former lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, however I have to say that I think he has found his true voice with the music created with his newly regrouped band Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts. “Blaster” spans almost every rock genre imaginable and the band does so flawlessly. There is a strong alternative rock vibe throughout the album, however it is sprinkled with a certain level of pop sensibility that makes the entire record both very catchy and incredibly memorable.
After only one or two listens I found myself singing right along with tracks such as “Hotel Rio” and “Beach Pop” and I absolutely adored the dirty blues undertones found in “White Lighting”. Additional stand-out tracks include the grungy rocker “Amethyst” and the gorgeous country-tinged album closer “Circles”.
After seeing Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts perform at the recent Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion festival in Charlotte, NC, it is quite apparent that even live the band works together as a cohesive unit and their performance at the festival was brilliant. We are absolutely thrilled to be able to catch Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts performing again at this year’s Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH and are on the edge of our seats to see what they have in-store for us next!
If you haven’t had a chance to pick up the album “Blaster”, I highly encourage you to check it out, as I am sure it has already secured its’ spot on the list as one of the best album releases of 2015 thus far!
(PCM) Hands down, Hollywood Undead have crafted the best album of their career with the upcoming “Day Of The Dead” available everywhere on March 31. I was absolutely floored by how much the band -Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Danny, Funny Man, and Da Kurlzz- have grown as musicians and this is completely apparent on the absolutely stellar tracks that make up “Day Of The Dead”.
What I have always loved about Hollywood Undead is that they have never been afraid to be experimental with their sound and the songs on “Day Of The Dead” span enough genres to make your head spin (which was mostly likely the point). I immediately fell in love with tracks such as “War Child”, “Save Me”, “Party By Myself” and “Disease” which, at least in my opinion, have the band going into territory that has not yet been explored on their previously released albums.
The only track on the album that I truly didn’t get was the odd pop-fueled country tinged track “I’ll Be There” which in a sense brought down the momentum that the rest of the album had previously set in motion. To me, it just didn’t fit, however I’m sure that the band had their reasons for its’ inclusion which I can certainly respect.
In crafting “Day Of The Dead” the band once again worked together as unit creating all the songs together making it a complete group effort and it shows. They sound incredibly fresh and tight. That brilliant spark of aggression and snarky wit, that we know and love from Hollywood Undead, is front and center throughout this album and they have truly outdone themselves with this release.
(PCM) Before I heard one song by Wisconsin-based Ian & The Dream, I had a feeling they’d be good after reading glowing feedback about their singing and songwriting by Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys and iconic producer Butch Vig. I read a little deeper and found out that two of their earlier records were producer by Grammy-winner Stephen Short, whose credits include Paul McCartney, Queen and Genesis. With luminaries like that, odds are the music was going to be good.
Let me tell you, the bio hype was spot-on. These gentlemen turn out the hits and they
keep em’ coming. On their latest release, California Cauliflower, highlights include “That’s Love” and “Thank You Girl.” “Steppin’ On My Shoes” is a fun, funky number that made me want to dance.
The songs are melodic and memorable. Some lean towards power pop and others are piano pop. But all of these songs will stick in your head for a long time. My personal favorite was “That’s What Kept My Heart Alive” which can be found on the Saturns of Stars EP. That song is a smash and I could hear it in any big budget romantic comedy. Did you hear me Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Aniston?
The artist lists their influences as The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Weezer. I agree with that, and I can also see some similarities to Sting, Billy Joel, Jack Johnson, Gavin DeGraw and Howie Day. Head to iTunes and check out some material from Ian & The Dream. They clearly know how to write and deliver a song as strong as anything on pop radio today.