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BRICK, NJ | FEBRUARY 5th, 2021 - Pop/rock band The Ones You Forgot have released their new single "Desensitized," available on all digital streaming platforms NOW. The follow up to their 2020 single "Something For Me," the track serves as a continuous mark of evolution for the quintet. "Desensitized" finds the band at a high point, while still signaling that they have a long, emboldened career ahead. For listeners who have been strangers to The Ones You Forgot, "Desensitized" will be a dynamic introduction. About the single, lead vocalist Jenna Bruno states:
“Songwriting is very cathartic. It’s a great release of emotions, especially for the ones that we often bottle up. When I wrote ‘Desensitized’ I found myself in that place of pretending to be okay when I knew for a fact that I wasn’t. Writing this song took a weight off my shoulders and allowed me to accept how I was feeling and address the state of my mental health.”
New Jersey-based pop/rock quintet The Ones You Forgot are no strangers to the stage, having opened for national touring acts such as Sleeping With Sirens, Four Year Strong, Grayscale, among others. Upon their inception, the band pulled inspiration from their peers, including State Champs and We Are The In Crowd, to cultivate a sonic diversity in their music. After being selected to play at the 25th Anniversary of the Vans Warped Tour in summer 2019, The Ones You Forgot continued to cement their brand, embracing the individualism of Twitch and heavily engaging with fans through regular online streaming.
Through releasing their first single in two years, “Something For Me” (released July 2020), the band wanted to showcase a refreshing era of growth and self-love, while still maintaining their familiar energy and zest. The release of “Something For Me” represented a triumph, as the band rooted themselves in a hook-studded, punky power-pop style. Now devoted to releasing more music in the new year, the band gears up to unveil their new single "Desensitized," a direct, bold track that lead vocalist Jenna Bruno says "allowed me to accept how I was feeling and address the state of my mental health.” Vivacious, bouncy, and full of insight, The Ones You Forgot have their finger directly on the pulse.
STREAM/DOWNLOAD "DESENSITIZED": https://cgc.lnk.to/Desensitized
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VICTORIA, TX | FEBRUARY 5th, 2021 - Alternative rock band Velvet Skyline have released their new LP "What We Have In Common," available on all digital platforms NOW. The album's lead single "Circles" (released in January) ushered in the progressive and grunge influenced sound of the album. Led by lead vocalist Taylor Seerden, the quartet is full of fresh, youthful, punky energy. The entirety of the LP takes listeners on an emotional journey, telling an edged-out coming of age story through punk production. A bold and brave collection, "What We Have In Common" is sure to attract attention to Velvet Skyline. About the LP, the band states:
This album is all about growing into yourself and its really a coming of age story about the band. There are themes of falling in love, as well as falling out of love; themes of becoming an adult and realizing how tough it can be. This is an album for anyone who may be lost now, but knows that sooner or later things are going to make sense, and everything will be okay.
Velvet Skyline is a female fronted, modern-alternative-rock band with grunge influences. The band was formed by lead guitarist Hunter Puentes and by vocalist Taylor Seerden in Victoria, Texas in 2017. Soon after the band got together, bassist Nate Martinez joined, and they started booking shows, mostly as a cover band, just wanting to play in front of a crowd. Eventually their quest for musical permanence led them to Denton, TX, a small college town with an active music scene, they found their current drummer, Chris Ortiz, who brings a solid punk influence to the group. Together they wrote their full length album “What We Have in Common,” which is set to debut in February of this year. The band cites active influences of grunge, progressive and alternative rock throughout the whole album. Velvet Skyline uses music as forms of escape and therapy; using strong and vivid themes and imagery to celebrate empowerment, tackle past trauma and to show strength in uncertain times.
STREAM/DOWNLOAD "WHAT WE HAVE IN COMMON": https://linktr.ee/velvetskyline
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FEBRUARY 5TH, 2021 - Pop rock artist HAAS have released their new single "Headfirst," available on all digital streaming platforms NOW. HAAS'S previous EP "Love & Loss", which was released in 2019, upheld a Kelly Clarkson-esque organic pop/rock sound, but HAAS has since taken on the inclusion of other elements into their music. "Headfirst" leans deeper into the pop spectrum, while still maintaining the vulnerability featured in their previous work. A true pop contender, HAAS is the epitome of authenticity. About the single, HAAS states:
“Headfirst” is about being a dreamer in an environment where people don’t understand nor try to understand. The song explores the feelings of love, fear and desperation to reach those dreams. Without your dreams, you’re no longer yourself.
HAAS is a pop artist from Virginia. HAAS started out writing songs and playing covers in her basement as a form of escape. Eventually, it stemmed into a passion that led to the formation of HAAS. The name is a tribute to not only her family name but her late grandfather who inspired her through his music. HAAS became the official name in 2018. Through the use of catchy melodies and expressive lyrics, HAAS has been able to marry different sounds to create unique music. HAAS uses music not only as an outlet for herself, but wants the music to be an outlet for others.
She draws on personal hardships, such as loss, strained relationships, bullying, depression, and anxiety, but also hardships happening within the world. HAAS strives to promote a place of safety and inclusivity, where it is okay to be who you are and forget about the real world for a minute. HAAS discussed being bullied and scared of being who she is and by embracing herself, she hopes to inspire others to do the same; “love who you are and don’t be afraid to do the things you want.”
STREAM/DOWNLOAD "HEADFIRST": https://song.link/SqQs9tb5ktmQg
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PITTSBURGH, PA | JANUARY 29th, 2021 - Alternative pop artist ØPALS have released their new single "Middle of the Night," available on all digital platforms NOW. Gibson wrote “Middle of the Night” with the intention of becoming the best version of yourself, and reflects their battle with bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. “Shining bright in the middle of the night” represents overcoming the darkness that is mental illness. The upbeat track offers fresh production, countering the song's dark upbringing. About the single, ØPALS states:
"I wanted to write this song with the intention of becoming the best version of yourself. I personally have bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety and I know the other members of ØPALS have some troubles too. “Shining bright in the middle of the night” represents overcoming the darkness that is mental illness."
Native to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, ØPALS is a pop project including singer/songwriter Ale Gibson. Originally starting as a duo with Ale and producer Nigel Seibert, the two collaborated on making several sub genres of pop songs. With a bright dynamic and invigorating tunes, ØPALS generates a sound that ranges over multiple genres such as pop rock, disco pop, and pop punk. ØPALS strives to show you can be your most authentic self and also the significance in representation of people in these communities as artists.
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