BOSTON, MA | SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2018 - A fresh take on pop music, Boston-based indie artist Hazel Bloom explores elements of electronica and R&B on his new single "I Loved You, Once," our TODAY. Recorded by Chris Curran at Reclaim Studios, the track tackles multiple genres simultaneously, seamlessly weaving between the colorful sonic elements of each. Although an interesting combination of sounds, "I Loved You, Once" never sounds muddled; in fact, it upholds the exact opposite. The track is a clear exploration of electro pop, but the crisp production allows Hazel Bloom to turn his experimentation into a haunting, unforgettable blend of heartache, optimism, and bliss. About the single, Hazel Bloom states:
“I Loved You, Once” is the first song I wrote while experimenting with new production methods and instruments. I had never experimented with elements of electro pop or R&B before so it was like a breath of fresh air to start producing music of this genre. I’m overly excited to share this song with everyone as I feel I have finally found a sound that defines me as an artist. I gain a lot of inspiration and write mostly from life experiences which is where “I Loved You, Once” stems from. I was going through a tough breakup at the time of writing this song and that was when I realized I wanted to try something different. I wanted to produce a song that's upbeat and blissful sounding that I feel inspires hope in the listener. I also wanted to incorporate catchy melodies and lyrics anyone can relate to. Writing this song stretched my musical vision as a solo artist and I couldn't be more excited with where my music will take me.”
The stylistically unique indie pop artist Hazel Bloom is composed of one main singer/songwriter named Dave Carlin. He designed his stage name largely from a few main facets; the continuous blooming of love and nature. Dave wanted a title that fully defined his artistic vision as well as the ongoing growth of his persona. The main inspiration underlying Hazel Bloom is to create an infectious sound that induces a feeling of all emotions accompanied by heartfelt lyrical composition and melodies. Hazel Bloom encompasses bright and lively pop melodies mixed with a unique, hard-hitting R&B style to create a uniform sound that will resonate with you. Though being well versed in the music scene, Hazel Bloom is the first artistry that Dave has felt completely alive and at home with. Hazel Bloom plans to leave his footprint in the music industry and has no intentions of letting anything get in the way of that. His debut single "I Loved You, Once" is available on all digital platforms NOW.
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SARAH & THE SAFE WORD DROP CINEMATIC NEW SINGLE "RED HOT & HOLY"
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ATLANTA, GA | SEPTEMBER 21st, 2018 - An ambitious combination of gothic pop and vaudeville-esque rock, Sarah & The Safe Word explore themes of safety, comfort, and sensuality on their new single "Red Hot & Holy," out TODAY. The 7- piece breaks the rock mold by expanding on the genre with a wide range of instruments, but they also aren't shy in their lyrical content. Lead vocalist Sarah describes the song as being "about struggling to find a space for yourself in a culture that so frequently denies young adults the opportunity to grow and blossom - whether it’s in their identity, sexuality, spirituality, or aesthetic. This is me saying, ‘Let me breathe, let me love, let me be touched how I want to be.’" Sarah & The Safe Word very much seem to be creating a brand centralizing around both the inclusion and well-being of their listeners, which is perhaps the most intriguing part about the group. While both cinematic and melodic, "Red Hot & Holy" is the perfect example of their vivid, theatrical, sensual smoothie of sounds as they gear up for their upcoming EP release this fall. About the release of "Red Hot & Holy," the band states:
“Red Hot & Holy is our most ambitious song to date. We’re so excited to share our vision of dark pop with all of you, and to show you all what our band is capable of.
Since taking Atlanta by storm in 2017 with the release of their debut full-length Strange Doings in the Night, Sarah & the Safe Word has been up to no good. After playing the Vans Warped Tour in 2017 at the personal request of founder Kevin Lyman, guest appearing on the CW show The Originals, opening for national touring acts like Motionless in White, booking independent tours across the United States, and headlining their own sold-out Atlanta shows, this 7-piece group has been brewing up something sinister in their basement. Now, they’re prepared to unleash their melodically macabre experiment onto an unsuspecting music scene. Sarah & the Safe Word are a band used to turning “What the fuck is this" into “This is fucking awesome.” Whether playing to an audience of 200 or 2,000, their unique twist to the standard rock formula—which includes a violinist, violist, and double keyboards—often endears them to unfamiliar audiences. Their queer and POC-positive lineup also means that Sarah and the Safe Word are a band for everybody, and they believe strongly that their shows should remain a safe, inclusive space for anyone who attends. Their new EP Red Hot & Holy fulfills the promise only hinted at by previous releases. Each song is an explosive cinematic adventure, careening from breakneck demon-powered race .cars (“Formula 666”), to swashbuckling pirate battles on the open sea (“Dead Girls Tell No Tales”), and back down home to the swampy, Southern marshes of revenge (“Lit Cigarette”). With a sound that speaks nostalgically of days gone by and a future that never came, Sarah & the Safe Word can safely guarantee a live experience like no other. They enthusiastically encourage all listeners, young and old, to prepare themselves for cabaret, vaudevillian antics, Southern gothicism, demented gospel, dark pop, and—of course—blistering rock and roll. "Red Hot & Holy" is available on all digital platforms and YouTube (music video) NOW.
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NEW YORK, NY | SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2018 - Electronic alt rock band VISTA are not anywhere near slowing down their momentum. Fresh off the completion of their third US tour, “The Bloodlust Tour,” multiple support dates with Set It Off, and a music video for their last single “Witch Hunt”, VISTA has officially released a new single, titled “Born For Blood,” out on all digital platforms NOW. Recorded and produced by Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount of ZK Productions (Mayday Parade, Set It Off), “Born For Blood,” a wildly upbeat, distortion-laced, electronic-infused alternative rock track explores themes of hunger, determination, and empowerment. The stand-alone single is a true testament to VISTA's evolution this year, filled with their signature layered vocals, gritty production, and raw passion. “Born For Blood” will be the final release for their current EP cycle, and the band recently returned to the studio to begin working on their 3rd record. Prior to this release, they dropped their last single “Witch Hunt” in May, which quickly became the band’s most-streamed song on Spotify, racking up 72,000+ streams as of yet.
An electronically-tinged alternative rock band, NY-based outfit VISTA originally formed in late 2015. An electronically-tinged alternative rock band, NY-based outfit VISTA originally formed in late 2015. Comprised of lead vocalist Hope Vista and guitarist Greg Almeida, the band combines both modern alternative rock and electronic influences to create their unique anthemic sound. VISTA released their debut 4-track EP “VERSUS” shortly after their original inception, in which their debut single “On The Brink” debuted worldwide on idobi radio. Their name hasn’t been shy in the press, since; the band has garnered praise from outlets such as Alternative Press, Rock Sound, Substream, and AXS. Since the start of 2017, VISTA has supported Fueled By Ramen artist Against The Current at Irving Plaza, gained idobi rotation with their single “Henchmen,” an anti-oppression anthem, and completed two headlining tours. Their most recent 7-track EP, "Long Live," released in July 2017, lyrically centralizes around the theme of finding an oasis in a dystopian society. "Long Live" immediately made its’ way onto three different iTunes Alternative charts and sparked the completion of two promotional tours, in August and November, respectively. Most recently in 2018, VISTA released their recent single “Witch Hunt” (produced by ZK Productions), completed their third US tour “The Bloodlust Tour,” played a date of the Vans Warped Tour in New York, played multiple September support dates with Set It Off (Fearless Records). “Witch Hunt” premiered worldwide on idobi radio, and quickly became their most-streamed song, garnering 70,000+ Spotify streams, and earned video rotation in Journeys’ stores nationwide. The final single of the Long Live album cycle, “Born For Blood” is out on all digital platforms NOW.
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LONG ISLAND, NY | SEPTEMBER 14th, 2018 - At just 19 years old, alternative dark pop vocalist Jules Walcott is out for vengeance on her second single, “First At The Altar,” out today with a corresponding music video. An alternative and metal vocal veteran, Walcott comes from a history of being a frontwoman. Now placing her primary focus on her solo endeavors, the Long Island native is rapidly evolving into her own artistry, a sleek combination of both her original rock origins and modern dark pop. “First At The Altar” is a glistening example of what Walcott embodies as a solo entity; anger, yet grace, power, and a refreshing amount of rawness for such a young writer. Her debut single “Please Leave A Message,” released earlier this summer, was built upon a viral Instagram video of Walcott singing an Evanescence song earlier this summer. The video was a clear representation of her raw talent, which she carried over into the studio to begin creating a hazy, meticulous, almost sinister production style with engineer/producer Okan Kazdal (NEVRLANDS). Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Walcott’s rising solo career is that she went against the current, moving from band to solo instead of the opposite way around. “First At The Altar” gives listeners an eerie taste of her upcoming EP, as well as a clear picture of her artistic style. About “First At The Altar,” she states:
“First At The Altar” was lyrically one of the most exciting, yet challenging songs I have ever written. Written in my perspective about the time I was cheated on in a relationship, the writing process of this song was clearly driven on the emotion surrounding this experience. As I started writing the song, my goal was for it to be a diss at the person who cheated on me. As I kept writing, I began to discover that I wasn’t writing a diss track, I was writing about the inner conflict I constantly struggle with, where I let some else’s actions take control of my life.
Alternative dark pop Jules Walcott is already known for her raw, silky and sincere vocals. Originally the frontwoman of a Long Island-based hard rock band, Jules decided to combine her natural rock roots and passion for pop music to create a uniquely eerie solo endeavor in the first quarter of 2018. After going viral on Instagram shortly after with her stripped back 60 second cover of an Evanescence classic, Jules began experimenting with synth pop, alternative, and electro influences on her debut single “Please Leave A Message,” recorded and produced by Okan Kazdal (NEVRLANDS). The release proved to solidify Walcott as an uprising pop contender, garnering over 40,000 views on YouTube alone and sparking new inspiration to expand on her mysterious, siren-esque artistry. Just 19 years old, she released her second solo single, “First At The Altar” to digital platforms on 9/14/18, which fuses together her rock origins and her now-familiar grim synth sounds.”First At The Altar” is available on YouTube and all digital streaming platforms NOW.
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What prompted the decision to rebrand from Self Titled to shallow pools?
We just felt that we really outgrew the name and the music we were making with it! We knew we wanted to keep making music, but the new songs we made didn’t feel like they were Self Titled songs. We wanted to start fresh with a new name.
What’s the biggest difference between the branding of the two?
There’s much more thought behind everything we do for shallow pools. We want everything to be consistent. With Self Titled, we would record a song and immediately put it out without thinking about keeping a consistent image or sound. With shallow pools, we try to make sure every song fits with the vibe of the others and that our video and social content does as well.
How does “It’s A You Thing.” differ from anything else you’ve released in the past with Self Titled?
It’s a lot more mature! There’s more guitar parts, synth, and lyrics that really mean something to us. Self Titled was surface level and a great starting point for us to try things out. shallow pools is something we are a lot more connected to and proud of!
Now that you’ve established shallow pools, what’s the ultimate goal for the band?
To get as many people as possible to connect with our songs! We just want to keep playing music that we love and hopefully other people will love it too!
You’re releasing another single this month. Why was that chosen as the second single and not the debut for shallow pools? How is it different from “It’s A You Thing.”?
We decided to put out “It’s A You Thing.” first because we felt like it was a good teaser for what’s to come. We experimented a lot with synths and new sounds in this song, so we wanted people to know our new music was going to be much different than songs we put out in the past.
“Sinking” felt like the perfect follow up. It’s one of our favorite songs that we recorded and also one of the most fun songs to play live! The topic of the song is a little darker, but the music is still upbeat!
The music video for “It’s A You Thing.” pretty clearly represents your new branding and color palettes. Was this collectively planned between the three of you?
Yes it was! We all conceptualized it, Ali directed and edited it, and our friend Andrew Young brought it all to life as the co-director/cinematographer!
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/its-a-you-thing/1407697697?i=1407697762
You just released your debut EP “Armory.” Kelly, were these songs written before the formation of Wave Break, or were they collectively written by the band?
Kelly: For most of the songs, the lyrics, chords and melody were written before the band formed. Then we came together and figured out the rest of the instrumentation. Flight Syndrome was the only one that I wrote the bare bones for entirely after the band formed, and for Circles, everything but the verses came after the band formed. Then we figured out the rest of the parts for those after they were written too!
Wave Break’s debut single “Deadlock” is included on the tracklist. Why was “Deadlock” chosen as your introduction to the world instead of another track?
Wave Break: At the time that we were ready to put something out, we had two songs ready to go - Deadlock and Plaster City. We thought that Plaster City was slightly stronger of a song than Deadlock, so we decided to save it for the second single, which left Deadlock for first!
Which single do you feel represents the band better as a whole - “Deadlock” or “Plaster City”?
Wave Break: Honestly, we think that both songs represent different sides to our sound pretty well. They’re very similar songs, Deadlock is just a bit more melodic than Plaster City. There are other songs on the EP that are similar to both of them.
Out of all 6 tracks, which are included in your current live set, and what song do you think translates the best live?
Wave Break: We play all 6 songs live at every show! Since this is our only release so far, we usually have time to play everything. We think that Plaster City and Circles probably translate the best live, since there’s so much energy in them that the whole room just explodes when we play them.
In terms of production, you chose to keep it pretty minimalistic on this release. Why did you decide to keep the production toned down?
Wave Break: We wanted to keep this album as a good foundation to our sound, something that we can build on in the future. We think that this album is a good representation of who we are and what we’re capable of without all the bells and whistles, and that’s what we were going for.
Kelly, how is Wave Break’s music different than the last two solo records you released?
Kelly: The style is much more alternative/pop punk than my solo material, and much more energetic. On some of my solo songs there were acoustic guitars, and some were almost straight up pop songs. After a while, I got tired of performing alone with an acoustic guitar in my hands. With Wave Break, I wanted to make music that makes people just lose it at shows.
Lastly, in your opinion, what makes Wave Break unique amongst other up and coming pop punk bands in the market?
Wave Break: Probably the style of the lyrics. Our songs have a similar attitude to other pop punk bands, but the lyrics are usually much more conceptual. Most of our songs are lyrically based around some kind of metaphor, so it’ll take some analyzing to really figure out what the song is about or what any particular line means.
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