Category Archives: Indie

New Single about Parenthood: Traumatized by Grouplove

The indie rock band Grouplove has released there second single “Traumatized” off of there upcoming album “Hot Mess” coming out on September 9th.

The song starts out with a punk feel, and has more pop vibe when the chorus hits. Christian Zucchini told the Rolling Stone, “‘Traumatized’ is about becoming a parent, explores what my parents sacrificed when I was born, and shares the fear, excitement and bliss of being alive.”

The band is also starting a world tour this upcoming fall, with shows across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

 

Two New Singles by Judah & The Lion

Nashville based indie-folk band Judah & The Lion have released two new singles this week, Stockholm and Take It All Back 2.0. The band also released a music video to Take It All Back 2.0, showing live footage of performances and background shots of the band.

Stockholm has a similar sound to Mumford and Sons, with a powerful chorus and a rhythmic beat.

Take It All Back 2.0 is a different adaptation of the original track, which was featured on the album Folk Hop N’ Roll, released earlier this year. The new version has a faster paced strumming on the banjo, and enhanced vocals. This is definitely seems like a song that would be incredible live.

Judah & The Lion are only gaining more popularity. Their music is fun, upbeat, and high energy. I have not attended one of their concerts yet, but it is something that is definitely on my bucket list.

 

New Acoustic Album: The Great Outdoors by The Rocketboys

To the surprise of their fans, Texas based rock band, The Rocketboys, released an acoustic album this week featuring acoustic versions of songs from previous EP’s and albums titled “The Great Outdoors”.
The album takes a different twist on many of the rock driven songs that The Rocketboys are known for. The acoustic versions of the tracks bring a sense of rawness, and soulfulness that seems to amplify the range of the original studio versions of these tracks. “The Great Outdoors” has a vibe that makes you want to be outside by a campfire sing with friends. The musicianship is excellent, with guitars, pianos, shakers, multiple vocals, and more.
I saw The Rocketboys open for Relient K a few years back. I remember my friends and I were blown away by the performance, and the quality of their music. Immediately after they finished the opening act, we rushed to the merch table and bought shirts.
“The Great Outdoors” shows the wide range and huge amount of talent that The Rocketboys possess.
The band has also announced that they have are almost finished working on their third studio album, some very exciting news.

 

 

New Single: ‘Higher’ by The Naked and Famous

New Zealand based indie electronic band The Naked and Famous have released their first single, ‘Higher’ off there upcoming album, Simple Forms. The album came together in the home studio of guitarist/vocalist/producer Thom Powers, after he broke up with fellow band member Alisa Xayalith, after nearly eight years together. Given the circumstances, the band says the upcoming album will be full of both pain and passion.

Higher is an upbeat song, and is a great jam for summer. The song also shows both the pain and passion that the band indicated would be a theme. This is a great indication of a potentially brilliant album to come by The Naked and Famous.

 

Artist Showcase: Valleyheart

Valleyheart is a rock band from Beverly, Massachusetts that released their first EP”Nowadays” this spring. The band features a few former members of Exiting the Fall.

This four tracked EP touches on themes of questioning the presence of God, reflecting on the past, shifting situations in life, and finding purpose.

These are questions that many can relate to, and have even thought about in their own lives. This questioning, paired with well written lyrics and great guitar overtone, make this EP a mixture of complexity, honesty, wonder, and faith.

I would highly recommend this EP to anyone who enjoys honest lyrics, and some good rock music.

 

Jam of the Day: Struggle by Cardboard Kids

Nashville based rock band Cardboard Kids have released a new single, “Struggle” off their anticipated upcoming EP Mint coming out in July.

“Struggle” has a relaxed vibe, and contains smoother vocals than the band’s previously released music. “‘Struggle’ isn’t the kind of song that reveals some uplifting formula to get through struggle in order to be happy. It’s an honest song about being in the middle of some crap and dealing with it because that’s just where you are.”, said frontman Jake Germany.

“Struggle” is a great glimpse of what’s to come for the Cardboard Kids, and the single can make fans even more excited for the upcoming EP with various styles of sound now in their repertoire.

 

Album Showcase: Calm Down, Everything is Fine by Mike Mains & The Branches

Mike Mains & The Branches sophomore album Calm Down, Everything is Fine has a great blend of various styles. There are songs that have rock influence, while their are other songs such as “Slow Down” which is calm and has a folk feel.

These mixtures of style are blended on the last track of the album Calm Down, Everything is Fine. The tack starts off calm, with some intimate verses, but picks it up halfway through and turns into a fantastic rock song. It contains really well written and clever lyrics, having lyrics that mention wine, Jesus, and Davey Crockett.

The album features some star studded musicians, with Matt Hoopes of Relient K on lead guitar, and Zac Farro of Paramore on the drums.