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The Final Chapter

Well, it pains me to write this post. I’m sure you all saw this coming. This is goodbye. I’ve been much to busy with work and school that unfortunately, I haven’t had time for YourMusicNews.

You guys have been a great support over these last three years and it’s been exciting to see the growth over that time. To all the bands I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing, interviewing etc., thank you for being a part of this journey, I’ve found a lot of great music. To the readers, this wouldn’t have been what it is today without you, thank you!

They say that all good things must come to an end and unfortunately, now is the time for YMN. Thanks again for everything!

Cheers!
-Matt

Update: Where I’ve Been

Hey everyone,

 First off, I would like to apologize for my absence. I haven’t been replying to emails or tweets these past couple of months. I feel like you deserve to know why that is, so…

 At the start I embarked on a couple of projects that seemed more urgent than the blog, so I figured that I would focus on those. In addition to these projects, I had to plan my summer, register for courses and I participated in a couple of “mini vacations”. At this point, YourMusicNews took a seat on the backburner.

 Anyway, with these projects nearing completion, I’ll have time to get ready for school, (which starts in a couple weeks). Obviously, I’ll be focusing a lot of time and energy on both school and work. Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough time in the day to do everything I’d like to.

 With that said, I would still like to spend some time on YourMusicNews, (which turns three this summer)! Updates will be rather infrequent for the foreseeable future, but I will work on it when I find the time. I would like to personally thank you all for your patience, understanding and continued support. This wouldn’t be possible without you. Thank you!

Until next time,
-Matt

YMN Review: Black Suit Youth

Black Suit Youth is an alternative rock band hailing from Long Island, New York. Recently we had the opportunity to listen to their upcoming album “Room Without A View” and we’re breaking it down track by track for you. Enjoy!

“Another Night In The Tombs” is a hard hitting, explosive opening track that grabs your attention and doesn’t let go. This song has a darker theme to it, of which you will catch glimpses of throughout the album. My favourite part of the track is that the sound is reminiscent of their previous work, which I think, is a positive thing.

“Don’t Give Up” offers a slight contrast to the opening track, sound wise, It is not nearly as intense and really showcases Black Suit Youth’s ability and range from an instrumental perspective. Couple that with incredibly catchy lyrics and you have a song that plays off the momentum of the previous track and propels you into the rest of the album.

“Soy Bomb” is the first song on the album that really jumps out at you. With a vintage feel, it’s almost as if you were listening to Black Suit Youth four or five years ago. “Soy Bomb” is a fast paced song that never gives you a chance to catch your breath. For those reasons, this is a personal favourite of mine.

“Hakiashi” goes hand in hand with “Another Night In The Tombs” in that it has a heavier sound to it and is a definite attention grabber. A strong point of Black Suit Youth is their great lyrics and this song is no exception. All in all, “Hakiashi’ helps fill out the album and is a very solid track.

“Shelly” would have to be the weak point on the album. Now, I use the term “weak” lightly because in all honesty, this song isn’t really that bad. It just lacks that extra “something” that the other tracks have.1386013_10152065695526833_19375221_n

“Ashes And Fire”starts off with a bang and is, overall, a very solid track. It’s only downfall would have to be the chorus. It just doesn’t feel as though it should be in this particular song. Regardless, “Ashes And Fire” remains one of my favourites.

“Hunter” kicks off what is my favourite part of the album. From here on out, everything is pure gold. This song truly stands on its own. I have no complaints, everything from the lyrics to the instrumentals and even the raw emotion, is spot on. Well done Black Suit Youth, colour me impressed!

“Brothers” is the first (and really the only) song that I did not like the first time around. It just didn’t appeal to me. Now, with that said, I gave it a few more listens and the track really grows on you. In the end, it was the chorus that really made it for me and for that reason, I would consider “Brothers” a decent addition to the album.

“The Hudson” is a nice change of pace from the rest of the album. which is really good to see. I must say that I really enjoyed the lyrics and the vocals were perfect in this song. I believe that “The Hudson” would do well as a single as it has a ton of potential.

“Spin Out” is a fast paced track that does a good job of re-energizing you. It doesn’t take away from the album, although it really doesn’t add much. Overall, I can’t really complain about the song, I just have to say that I’m not its biggest fan.

Lock Up When You Leave” is the perfect way to end a stellar album. I’ll have to point out the tracks superb lyrics and overall “mellow vibe”. In all honesty, “Lock Up When You Leave” leaves you wanting more and is one of the stand out tracks on the album.

Overall, Black Suit Youth has released another excellent album. when released, I would highly recommend picking up a copy. In fact, they recently released a limited run of 100 copies. You may still be able to snag one here: http://blacksuityouth.bigcartel.com/ And if not, why not pick up one of their older records? Anyway, I would give “Room Without A View” a solid 8.5/10.

YMN Interview: Daniel and the Bear Skull

How did the band name come about?

Well its a long story, me (Jared), Josh and Tanner are roommates and we have a wolf rug that we named Daniel and quite literally a bear skull. So before we even had a band we always thought of a band name and we decided on Daniel and the Bear Skull and when we actually decided to make a band we stuck true to what we said we would do. 

What is your favourite song you have written and why?

Our favourite song is What Doesn’t Bleed. We like the song because of it’s positive message about how no matter what the situation is, you can’t destroy Gods love and forgiveness.

While writing, where do you draw inspiration from?

I’d say quite often its about a girl and also we try to draw inspiration from our Christian roots. 

Are there any bands that you tend to model your sound after?

The Ramones haha but on a serious note, I’d say we model our sound on the newer folk style bands like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford & Sons.

What is your favourite thing about performing live?

I’d say the excitement of getting to do my passion in front of others. For josh and Tanner probably the free food and drinks. If Josh could I’m sure he would love to always get paid in pizza.

Finally, any plans to release some new music in the near future?

Well we recently won a grant for a music video so you can expect that and also expect to see a possible single or LP in the near future.

 
 

 

 

YMN Review: Sally

 

Sally is a New York City based indie pop trio. Famous for “only writing love songs”, the group is very upbeat musically, which fits very well with their lyrics. On vocals, Kristen Gudsnuk is reminiscent of that of a child’s. Normally, that doesn’t work to well but it seems to work very well for Sally and you could even call it “cute”. All in all, this band has a great sound and everything works quite well together.994614_450196758433185_1065200278_n

Our focus turns to their six sing EP, “We Are In A Car”. I love everything about this record, although I will admit that it did take me a couple of listens to get there. The record kicks off with the title track, which is a very strong track by itself. Musically, it is very well composed and is a joy to listen to. Lyrically, it is quite simple and rather dark, which makes the song that much stronger. As good as the title track is, “A Summer Song” takes things to a new level. Already, you can start to see the ability the band has to vary their sound to keep things fresh, which is crucial to success. Perhaps my favourite track on the album would have to be “Have You Met Someone?”.  It’s stuck right in the middle of the record but really sums up what this band is all about. If you’re planning t402341_270744313045098_597431836_no listen to just one song (which is nearly impossible as this band just keeps you wanting more) let this be the one.

Overall, “We Are In A Car”  is a great addition to anyone’s music collection and I am proud to have it in mine. Sally is a very talented band and I look forward to hearing what they release next!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sallyband

BandCamp: http://sallyband.bandcamp.com/

 

YMN Review: Daniel and The Bear Skull

Daniel and The Bear Skull, hailing from Grande Prairie, Alberta, plays their own brand of folk rock music. At first listen, the four piece group left me with mixed feelings. However, after spending some time listening to them, they definitely grow on you. Overall they have quite a delightful balance to their sound. Perhaps the groups strongest asset is that of their lead vocalist, Jared Dahl. His voice suits the brand of music quite well. Combine that with the bands backing vocals, and everything ties together quite nic995136_451911334906112_781054718_nely.

In April of 2013, Daniel and The Bear Skull released their first single, “The Road”. This track is a good measure as to what this band is capable of. Considering that the band formed just a few months prior, it’s rather remarkable how much chemistry this group has. Even though the song itself really lacks that “pop” to make it truly stand out. It remains as  a great first step for this young band.

You can tell that, as a band, they are quite a talented group that has tremendous potential, which is evident with their six song album, “Urban Tumbleweeds”, released in October of 2013. With six months in between releases, Daniel and The Bear Skull has grown to become a more well rounded band as a whole. The bands instrumentals have been polished and now seem more smooth and clean. Couple that with the way they use their vocal strength, and your left with a pleasantly surprising album. Personal favourites include “I’ll Leave This Place Behind” and “What Doesn’t Bleed”. Perhaps the greatest track on the album would be “Letter You Wrote”. While listening to the album in its entirety, this song truly stands out and really highlights the bands growth.

All in all, Daniel and The Bear Skull has built a solid foundation on which to grow from. I look forward to the bands next release.

Daniel and The Bear Skull: https://www.facebook.com/DanielAndTheBearSkull
Bandcamp: http://danielandthebearskull.bandcamp.com/album/urban-tumbleweed

YMN Interview: New Cathedral

1) It’s been almost two years since we last talked with you. What have you guys been up to?
I can’t believe it’s been two years already! It seems like just yesterday we were all huddled around the computer answering the first round of interview questions you sent us.
The past two years have been pretty big for us. In February 2013 we put out a single called “No Saints or Angels” and we spent a lot of time trying to get exposure by playing gigs with some bigger bands like The Dangerous Summer and From Indian Lakes. We’ve made a lot of friends within our local scene and have had a lot of fun… but the most important thing we did was get back into the studio.
 
2) You have a new album out March 6th. Care to tell us a little about it?
The new record, titled Ghost, is going to be out physically on March 6th 2014. We’re going to have a makeshift album release party on the 6th because we’re playing Tampa’s The Orpheum with He Is Legend that night.
The record was recorded and mixed by Dan Byers of Rock Garden Recording in St. Petersburg Florida and mastered by Jim Morris of Morrisound Studios in Tampa. We’re very happy with the way it came out and we’re definitely planning on working with those guys in the future.
 Right now the first single from the record, “Stealing Mirrors”, is available for streaming on our BandCamp page and you can pre-order Ghost there as well. If you choose to pre-order the album then you get your download of “Stealing Mirrors” early!New Cathedral
3) How do you feel you’ve grown as musicians in the time between albums?
I think Ghost is a good example of the way our sound has matured since the release of Haunted in 2012. We’ve developed a heavier, darker, sound while also working on the key aspects of our song writing. I think it’s a step in the right direction.
 
4) Is there a certain track that you’re most proud of on the new record?
This is a difficult question to answer since the answer changes a little bit between each band member. I think we can all rally behind “Emerald Eyes” as one of the favorites, if not the favorite, to play live. On the record, though, our opinions all vary.
Scott- “Stealing Mirrors”
Chris- “Emerald Eyes” and “Stay”
Kersey- “Stay”
Ricky- “Gold” and “I Won’t Come Around pt. II”
 
5) Any plans to tour this year?
As we mentioned before we are playing a big show with He Is Legend on March 6th, and we’re also releasing our record that day, so that has been our main focus. Once the album is released we will begin the booking process for summer dates around Florida and, from there, who knows? (Probably world domination)new-cathedral-at-new-world-brewery-5413-by-gabe-frasca6
YMN Reviews “Stealing Mirrors”
“Stealing Mirrors” is a great stand alone track and an awesome hint as to how the rest of the album will play out. It clearly shows the growth and maturity that this band has undergone in the last two years. If the rest of the album is anything like “Stealing Mirrors”, then we are in for one incredibly solid album from New Cathedral.
Check out “Stealing Mirrors” here: http://www.NewCathedral.Bandcamp.com

YMN Review: Guess & Check

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“Entanglement” Cover

Guess & Check is an indie rock band from New York City. Formed in 2011, the four piece band has released two albums, their debut EP in 2011 and their first full length album earlier this year. Guess & Check is a very talented band that has great musical ability, yet they seem to fly under the radar, which is a shame. Everything from lyrics to instrumentals is solid, which makes for a very satisfying listen that leaves you wanting to put them on repeat, time and time again.

“Entanglement” was released on January 16th, 2014. I should mention that “Entanglement” has an old school groove to it that is done quite well and is a great sound for the band. The first track, “Lucy Relax”, is somewhat of an unexpected surprise and really does the job of setting up the remainder of the album. . In truth, “Lucy Relax” is just the tip of the iceberg and throughout the album, there are many gems to discover. The debut single off the album, “Changeling” is a very well done track and is an excellent choice for a single that should do very well. It has a strong presence and is one of my favourite tracks off the record.

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Guess & Check

The title track is a great song stuck in the middle of the record. Being one of the stronger songs, “Entanglement” would be a great option for a second single. The vocals and instrumentals seem to gel really well on this track and give the album a little boost overall. The final song on the album “My God I Just Realized” is a rather upbeat way to end the album. Regardless, it is a pleasant way to end to an album filled with what appears to be quite the mellow vibe. Personally, there isn’t a song that I would skip while listening to the album and that to me is a strong indicator that this album and this band are doing things right.

“Entanglement” is an album filled with several surprising twists that keep you wondering what the band will do next. I can only imagine how great it would be to see Guess & Check live and would highly recommend check in them out if you get the chance. It may be early in the year but I feel that “Entanglement” will be one of the best albums of 2014.

YMN Review: Never Let This Go

Based out of Tempe, Arizona, Never Let This Go has been entertaining audiences since early 2012. Blending alternative rock with pop punk, Never Let This Go appeals to a wide variety of music tastes and makes for quite an interesting listen. Releasing their self titled debut EP in May of 2012, the band set a solid foundation from which to build off of. After listening to the record, there really isn’t a song that stands above the rest. Although, that isn’t to say that it wasn’t a great album, it just seeme1016326_558225144262768_1300632087_nd to lack that “wow” factor. More recently, Never Let This Go released their second EP, “Remember”. You can sense that the band has grown and matured in their sound and they seem more comfortable and confident, which is great to see.

One of the things this young band can be proud of is their amazingly supportive fan base. I was really impressed with, not only the size, but how great of a relationship the band has with there fans. You can tell that they really care about them and vise versa. With all of their accomplishments, it’s hard to believe that this band is a little over two years old! The amount of work that these guys put in is definitely something to respect.

All in all, this band has put out some really solid material and have come a long way in such a short period of time. If you ever get to see Never Let This Go live, I’ve heard they are amazing and it is not an opportunity to pass up. I feel as though this band is just going to keep getting bigger and I wish them nothing but success in their future!

YMN Interview: Savannah Quinn

How did you get your start in music? Was there one thing that really pushed you that way?

 I started my music off in choirs. I had the amazing opportunity to travel around the world (Italy, New York) and perform in incredible, famous venues including Carnegie Hall! After a few years of choirs I knew it was time to move on and focus more on performing solo. A few years after being in the choir I started taking vocal lessons from Darcy D. Being with him for two years now, I have discovered what genre I am (Pop Rock) and that I have a huge passion for writing songs as well as performing! I have recently made it into the finals at the PNE Star showdown as well as The Valley Vocal Contest and have been nominated ‘Best Performing Artist’ at the Regional Arty Awards. All of this affirmation keeps me going. I know that music is what I want to be doing with my life and I won’t stop chasing it.

When writing music, where do you draw inspiration from?

While writing music, I draw inspiration from whatever I’m going through or how I’m feeling at that moment. If its a gorgeous sunny day and I’m hanging out on the beach (on of my favorite things to do in the summer) and I’m feeling good, the song that will come out of me is going to be a happy, fun song. If it’s a dreary day and I’m feeling mellow…the song that’s going to come out of me will most likely be a ballad. It’s as simple as that! 🙂

You recently formed a band, care to tell us how that came about?

Yes! I have recently formed a band! It makes me so excited knowing that I have one now! Without the band I would get gigs and it would always be a struggle to find musicians that could find the time to come out and play…it just felt like it was the next step that had to be done. There are five of us in the band Colin (bass), Nick (drums) Rick (lead guitar) Tasha (piano, vocals) Savannah (Lead Vocals and guitar). I have been good friends with Rick and Tasha for a long time and when I told them about the idea of starting a band they were both very excited. I didn’t know of any drummers or bass players so Tasha asked her friend Colin and Rick talked to his friend Nick and well….here we are! It all happened very organically. We all get along very well, it’s just amazing being in a room full of such talented musicians and all of the creative juices flowing! I love it!

What is your favourite thing about performing live?

 First of all I’d just like to mention how much I LOVE live performing. The one thing I like most about it though has to be feeding off of the audiences energy. I love looking out in the crowd watching them have a good time and when I see that I love to give that feeling back in return because I’m always having a good time on stage! You know when you go to a concert and you can tell that the artist is really into the emotion of the song…that’s what I try and focus very hard on doing. I believe that if you feel the song and create a moment for your audience, it is that much easier to capture their attention and make that experience that much more memorable.

Who are some of your musical inspirations?

 Lately I have been heavily influenced by Grace Potter. She is a Rock singer that has such a wicked voice and so much energy and presence on stage, I really look up to her. If you look up her song ‘The Lion The Beast The beat’, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Throughout my life though, I have been very much influenced by the Beatles and Queen. I grew up on classics like them and I still love and listen to them.

Finally, where do you see yourself, musically, in the next year?

 This year, with my new band we are going to be getting as many gigs as possible, working on our performance and honing our original music. Later on in the year we are looking forward to possibly doing a small tour as well as getting some professional recordings done. Mostly though we want to be getting out name out there and performing wherever and whenever we can

 

*Savannah Quinn is our Artist Of The Month for January. Be sure to check out her Facebook, Twitter, etc.*

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