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JUMP THE GUN WITH HOCKEY DAD
August 1, 2016 6:33 pm

After a long week of work, who can’t appreciate a nice beach trip. Windows rolled down and music blasting with your friends cracking jokes, this is the best way to relax during the summer. Two Australian men, Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming, and their passion for music and beach trips have crafted the perfect music for these beach trips inside their simple and beautiful band, Hockey Dad.

Dreamin’ was their first EP which was warmly welcomed among the alternative and indie communities in 2014. A great sound for their first EP: fully of energy, bright guitars and gritty drums. After touring and a few singles during the past years, their new album Boronia is due to arrive August 12th.

In the spirit of summer time fun, they’ve already released a few singles and just yesterday a new music video for their newest single from the upcoming album which is appropriately called Jump The Gun. The track starts with an addicting string of notes from the guitar as the bass and drums hop in a bit after. Just like the video showing Stephenson and Fleming jumping in the glistening water to surf, the song brings the feeling of diving into the cool ocean water to you wherever you are. A perfect song that is as timeless as a sweet summer sunset. With such a relaxing and enveloping music video, it will make us all say to our daily responsibilities the lines of the chorus, “I don’t want to go home, I’m having too much fun…I don’t want to go home, so leave me alone.”

A superb addition to the repertoire of Hockey Dad’s summer surf songs that makes me all that more excited for Boronia later this month.

ARKELLS: MORNING REPORT
July 19, 2016 12:29 pm

Canadian rock band Arkells is representing Canucks everywhere exceptionally with their most recent songs Private School, Making Due and A Little Rainfrom their upcoming album Morning Report.

If you have’t heard this rock group, here’s a little background. Max Kerman, Mike DeAngelis, Nick Dika, Tim Oxford and Anthony Carone all met at McMaster University where they attended college. They named the band Arkells after Arkell Street which is where they all lived and honed their music craft together.

Since the band started in 2006 they have gone to climb the rock ladder, touring with bands such as Tokyo Police Club, The Postelles, X Ambassadors and Lights. Aside from the note-worthy bands they have toured with, they have independently earned their high rank status on the charts. Most recently, garnering awards such as the Juno Award for Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year in 2015.

Below you can check out their most recent music video for “Private School” which features past artists they have worked with such as Lights, Dave Monks from Tokyo Police Club and Steve Jocz (from Sum 41..throwback!) who was also the director of the video.

Morning Report is due to drop on August 5th so, before you run over to the movie theater to see Suicide Squad, hop onto i-Tunes and download the album here.

MY JAM TV IS OUR MODERN TV
June 21, 2016 12:22 pm

Remember when MTV played actual music videos? I honestly can’t remember the last time I saw an MTV music video. Vh1 had it going for a while, but now both channels are overwhelmed with shitty reality shows voiding themselves completely of music. Well, never fear because My Jam TV is the new MTV! The company started last year and is rapidly growing, spreading to London and China, getting on Sky TV, Roku and soon on Apple TV. My Jam TV is causing some major waves.

Here is the real break-down of what it is: It’s a channel where artists pay to have their music videos played on the air in an ever shifting rotation.

What this means for the viewer: An endless stream of music videos of all genres from new and growing artists. We scored a few minutes with CEO, David S. Zucker, and talked about it’s inception and its plans for the future:

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Where did the idea for My Jam TV come from?

After MTV started to die, I talked with my partner, Russ, about how there is nothing that really shows music videos and new artists anymore. I then asked if he wanted to start up a channel that does exactly that. He was a tiny bit unsure but I told him, “We have nothing to lose, why not?” And so we did it. We’re trying to get the word out there so that the independent artists know who we are and that they know it isn’t just another YouTube, it’s a station that is on constant rotation and people all over the world will be able to see who they are. Its tough to start, but little by little we’re trying to get out there and help the independent artist, that’s what it is about.

How does it work for the viewer and artist?

We want to educate the artist. We will broadcast their music video many times throughout the month, they get to build their own fan page, be on a radio show, a chance to be on live TV and play on the air. We also offer digital distribution with the artists to the viewer, but unlike most companies, 100% of the money from buying music goes straight to the artist.

You are broadcast all over the world, are you open to other languages?

We are mostly English right now, we do have a few Chinese bands actually and their stuff is incredible, so in other words, yes we are open to other languages. We would love to also get into the Latino community and even have a separate Spanish channel and possibly other language specific channels down the road.

What do you see for My Jam TV five years from now?

I see us having multiple channels for the various music genres, a hip-hop channel, rock channel, country and so forth. We want all sorts of music on My Jam TV, letting people explore genres they normally wouldn’t. We want to give an opportunity for artists to grow, expand and let people worldwide experience something new.

So for our readers who love new music, you know what to do. The indie channel is right up our alley, sticking it out for the underdogs. If you’re an aspiring artist, they offer a great way to get your name and music out there. Check out their website and enjoy this awesome endless flow of music videos.

LOWER EAST SIDE FILM FESTIVAL RECAP AND WINNERS
June 20, 2016 6:03 pm

This year was my first year attending the Lower East Side Film Festival, and I was not disappointed. Amidst the whirlwind of independent festivals that happen throughout New York and cities around the world, it’s refreshing to attend one that holds onto the quintessential essence of being low key, and highbrow. I initially found out about the festival while mindlessly staring into space towards a wall while waiting for the beloved R train somewhere in Brooklyn in the wee hours of the night. It took a few minutes of gazing into mental nothingness before my eyes started to actually focus and realize that I was staring at a poster for the 2016 LESFF. Having always held an indefatigable love of film and art festivals, I took a picture for a later google search and was able to attend and speak with some prominent people who represent what this festival had to offer.

The winners of the festival were released last Thursday night as part of the closing night party in which most of the writers, filmmakers, producers, and curators attended to celebrate. The panel of judges who announced the winners included Ethan Hawke (“Boyhood”), casting director & producer Cindy Tolan (“Straight Outta Compton,”), Steve Farneth (Cinetic Media), Raul Castillo (HBO series “Looking” member LABryinth Theatre).

Among the winners were:

-Best Feature film: Americana (Written & Directed by Zachary Shedd)

-Best Live Action Short film: Killer (Written & Directed by Matt Kazman)

-Best of Fest – The LESFF Prix D’Or: Art of the Prank (Written & Directed by Andrea Marini)

-LESFF Audience Award: The Babymooners (Written & Directed by Shaina Feinberg & Chris Manley)

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The festival started 6 years ago in a storefront on Norfolk St with a cramped space, holding about 30 folding chairs and a pull down screen creating a makeshift theatre space. The landlord of that space was acquainted with the 4-pack of now festival directors and allowed them to try to make something of the tight storefront space for a month- the inception of the low key fest. It’s always refreshing to hear stories of growth; people who started out tiny and local and have gained the recognition to become what they are now. Roxy Hunt, one of the directors, briefly walked me through their humble beginnings:

We started in 2011 with very humble beginnings…It sold out every single night…we started handing out free booze and popcorn and everyone was forced to sit on top of each other because the space was that small, but that created the energy for it. The other 3 directors [Shannon Walker, Damon Cardasis, Tony Castle] and myself were the ones sweeping up every night at the storefront the first year, watching a mouse run across the room. We just kept it going, and now we obviously have a lot more help and we’ve expanded quite a bit but we try to keep it approachable. 

I attended a couple of the short films series, films that offer encapsulating stories and perspectives in a time frame made for those who fear the commitment of a feature. I hold a strong love for truly well-made short films since they offer such a beautifully told (usually) and unpredictable tale serving as a respite from normal life. It allows people to immerse themselves in truly unique, peculiar and relatable narratives.

I have a fascination with petty crime because to me you identify with it way more than, like, an ”Ocean’s Eleven” heist with like demolition experts and such. I feel way more people have been tempted to do things like seeing a cash register open in a bodega and just reaching over. Even though you wouldn’t do it, you would think briefly like ‘wow I could really get this money.’ It’s a relatable petty crime.

We had a delivery boy who would come over, a wimpy guy who carried a backpack full of treasure, that my buddy Trevor Wallace and I, we had the idea that it would be kind of easy to…maybe rob. We talked about it, and were like we probably shouldn’t do it, but we could make a movie about it.

Weston Razooli, writer, co-producer, director, and actor of Jolly Boy Friday.

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There was also the fair share of discomfort that every artist knows all too well. Faiyaz Jafri, director, writer and producer of “This Ain’t Disneyland” created this 6 minute film as a reflective piece of the ‘juxtaposition of the collapse of the Twin Towers and Disney. An incredibly well-done film, the animated display showed imagery that was initially confusing and uncomfortable, while shedding some light on person’s perspective of how they experienced the tragedy.

I was in NY when it happened. I experienced it right from my apartment right around the corner here and it pretty much fucked me up badly for a couple years. I felt a little embarrassed about how much it affected me considering that there are places in the world where that kind of stuff happens everyday. I sort of needed to tell my own story in my own style. I was commissioned to do an audio/visual piece that was projected in downtown Denver. I thought it was kind of a fitting thing to put this story far far away from New York and so I figured it’s the time to make the movie, that’s why I made this film…. I usually get the same reaction as here; everyone is just a little quiet, like they don’t know how to deal with it. I get a lot of “WTF” like what were you thinking.

“WTF” was indeed my reaction… at least for the first minute or so. As someone who was also living in NY when 9/11 happened, I was not at a total loss for words for very long. I am all too familiar with how much the attack fucked up people in the Western world, let alone those who were here to witness firsthand. The film included images of tall black and grey buildings, identical to those of the twin towers, crumbling to their demise while being shot from different angles. While the black smoke filled the aqua green background, dozens of reindeers are seen falling to their own demise as well, accompanied by giant Mickey Mouse-like figurines. When asked about the relation of the towers to Disneyland, Jafri said

To me Disney land has that wholesome, Americana, 50s ideal (scene) in the United States. It also represents the mediocrity of how everyone tries to please everyone and this idea of an ideal world that totally doesn’t exist and I think it kind of led to eventually what happened in September 11 and how the American dream doesn’t exist anymore. I use the Disney references… as visual shorthand to tell the story.

Props to keeping it real. Check out some photos of the event below!

Written by Annie Paul 

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CHRISTOPHER THE CONQUERED- GIVING UP NEVER FELT SO GOOD
May 18, 2016 4:06 pm

OK Class, let’s begin.

Raise your hand if you can point to Iowa on a map.

Now keep it up if you can name the capital.

Des Moines? Good. Now keep your hand up if you’ve ever driven through Iowa.

Ok now keep it up if you’ve actually been to and spent time in Des Moines.

Really? None of you? Ok what about just met someone from there?

For those of you having a little trouble with your mental image, your mind class should have about 0-1 hands up right now. That’s the reason that you don’t know about Christopher the Conquered. He’s been a musical treasure of Des Moines for years now, but has yet to break it on a national scale. Part of what’s held him back has been his Midwestern home-base, but in the age of the internet, that is becoming less and less relevant.

The main thing that held him back is the fact that he’s never had a recording that came close to capturing his magnetic and commanding live presence. As of Friday, that is no longer the case; Christopher the Conquered (Chris Ford) released the powerful I’m Giving Up On Rock & Roll.

Christopher the Conquered live is equal parts Freddie Mercury, Ben Folds, and a revivalist preacher. Whether he’s leading a full band complete with a horn section, or solo with his piano, Ford pulls people in with feeling and content, and then blows them away with his voice (Nate Ruess, eat your fucking heart out). You know that high you get when you go and see your favorite band? Or go see a great movie you’re SO excited to see? That feeling that usually takes weeks or months of anticipation to develop? Ford does that every show, for everyone that comes to see him, regardless of whether or not you’ve ever heard of him.

But how do you get that on a record? How do you capture that movement, that three-dimensional feeling, and make it work as just sound? Whatever the secret, Ford and producer Patrick Tape Flemming found it. Flemming is a member of another seminal Des Moines rock group, The Poison Control Center, as well as Ford’s partner in their indie/electro side project Gloom Balloon. So perhaps it was Flemming’s familiarity with Ford that allowed him to find a way to trap a tidal wave in a cardboard box.

A tidal wave fits as a pretty good metaphor for this record. It sounds massive; thick and developed. There is serious force behind these tracks, from Ford’s stunning vocal performances, down to the instrumentals and background vocals. Yet the album also holds a pastoral beauty at times. Ford contrasts massive blasts of horns, guitars and drums with reserved and bare vocal/piano arrangements.

Where the metaphor breaks down is in the destructive nature of a tidal wave. I’m Giving Up On Rock & Roll is anything but destructive. For a record with about the most pessimistic title you could have, Ford’s work is shockingly optimistic. While his lyrics pronounce sadness and defeat (just look at the titles – “On My Final Day,”I Lose It,” “I Guess My Heart’s Out Of Tune Again”), it’s almost impossible to imagine Ford being a sad person. His music has so much humor and happiness in it. So much heart.

Where Ford’s real genius lies is not in his virtuosic vocal talent, nor his legit skills as a song writer, band leader or fiery performer. Rather Ford’s greatest talent is his ability to use his experiences to tap into truths about the human condition, and then relate them in a positive way. Being in Ford’s audience is like being part of a family, with him driving the station wagon and leading the sing-alongs.

If my last two paragraphs are a little too ambiguous for you, just watch the mini-musical Ford made for his single “Everybody Rains.” It is essentially Christopher the Conquered in a 1 minute 54 second nutshell.

First of all, the production on this song is insane. The first minute sets up the crazy layers of vocals, horns, and guitars in the second, and the super tight arrangement keeps it from getting out of control. But the message and tone of the song are the juiciest parts. “Everybody rains, it’s how we deal with pain. You know God invented crying so that we would go on trying.” It’s a song about crying. But not a song about how he’s been left crying, or is tired of crying. It’s a song about how everybody cries, because it’s a natural thing. It’s even an essential thing – crying is the path back to happiness. Crying is a way of letting the pain and sadness out. And the music reflects this, bouncy and joyous. Ford is not pandering to sad and lonely people by giving them sad and lonely music. Instead he says “Hey, everybody feels sad and lonely sometimes. It’s OK!”

Listening to Adele is confirmation for sad people because it illustrates that other sad people exist. It shows that someone, somewhere out there is feeling the same thing. “Everybody Rains” is therapy for these people. It shows that sadness is not an outlier. Everybody feels sad, and on top of that, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Happiness is just around the corner. Where Adele provides commiseration, Christopher the Conquered provides hope.

Shove I’m Giving Up On Rock & Roll into your sad friend’s face and then drag them out for a sunny Saturday in the park. Cry in your bed and then go dance your shoes off. But mostly pay attention when Christopher the Conquered hits the road later this summer. Do yourself the favor and go see him. You’ll feel better afterward.

BROTHERTIGER ROCKS THE SPLASH OFFICE IN NYC
April 27, 2016 1:42 pm

Every month ATYPICAL SOUNDS throws a crazy “After Dark” music meets tech party in the NYC office of Splashthe create-your-own event tech startup.

Brothertiger gave us an amazing performance, which we were able to capture on film and share with you.

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After watching the video about 20 times, we feel very blessed that we were able to have Brothertiger play our party last month.

This video is the proof that these events are something very special. Great music from emerging artists, free beer from Sixpoint Brewery, Whiskey tastings from Widow Jane, and a hot new food vendor every month, there is a little something for everyone at ATYPICAL SOUNDS AFTER DARK at SPLASH.

The guest list is comprised of the who’s who in the Tech, Startup, Entertainment and Music world.  This event is amazing for networking minus the awkward Meetup vibes.

RSVP only for entry as the event tends to be sold out within hours of announcing it. Interested in hearing some amazing music and mingling with the top players in Tech and Music? Well then AFTER DARK is where you need to be every month.

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Stay tuned for our May party coming up with IDGY DEAN and check out the Brothertiger LIVE at Splash video below and find what its like to party with the BEASTS.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO RELEASE: THE WHISKEY HOLLOW
April 11, 2016 3:10 pm

“Hudson Hill” tells the story of a lonesome runaway attempting to elude their fate. Stephen Milnarcik puts the viewer into a storybook world out to bring unnecessary justice. 1,599 hand cut stop-motion frames, painted miniatures and paper figures converge to bring the The Whiskey Hollow‘s debut single from the new X WATERS EP to life.

The Whiskey Hollow has been hard at work for the past 9 months creating an EP with intense songwriting, heavy hitting bass lines and passionate vocals. X WATERS will be available April 15th on Itunes, Amazon, Spotify and many other online distributors. Madeline Finn and a team of local Cleveland musicians have joined forces to create music that refuses to be put into a box. From twangy tunes littered with slide guitars, to solemn and painful songs with a full choir, they hope to keep you guessing.

Stephen and the crew at The Mill have worked painstakingly to craft a video that is closely aligned with the bands mission to put fourth honest and raw art with a purpose.With a close eye on even the smallest details they give us a glimpse of how everyday items such as books, plants and plastic figurines can be turned into a vessel to convey something so much more.

The Beasts are bringing to you, exclusively, The Whiskey Hollow’s first video from this marvelous EP. You can pick up a physical copy at their upcoming show at The Grog Shop in Cleveland Ohio April 15th.

JR JR: MUSICAL GENIUS WITH A SIDE OF GOOD VIBES
February 2, 2016 11:20 pm

Detroit natives Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein make up the indie-pop band JR JR. They come from humble beginnings in Daniel’s basement, circa 2009. To give you an idea of the type of people that Daniel and Joshua are, when asked why they originally named their band ‘Dale Earnhardt Jr.Jr.’, Daniel replied, “the name for us was just a way to identify that our crazy new project that had no limitations. People have no idea how we are going to sound, and so it gives them a reason to actually take some time to listen to the music.” They managed to do just that, people listened.

Today JR JR has quite the following and it’s only getting bigger, with appearances on shows like Conan and The Late Late Show with James Corden. This past September they released their new self-titled album through Warner Brothers Records. If you haven’t had a listen yet be careful because hits like “Gone,” “As Time Goes” and “In The Middle” will take your earbuds hostage.

This is an album that is for playing over and over with it’s cheerful funky indie pop energy. Check out their sweet video “Gone” below and check out their soundcloud page for more.

 

HAVING FUN AND LOOKING FORWARD WITH DANIEL ELLSWORTH
January 20, 2016 11:06 am

 

Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes are making strides.

Building off the success of their first two records, Civilized Man and Kid Tiger, the Nashville-based indie rock band is gearing up for a whirlwind of activity this spring. Front man and keyboardist Daniel Ellsworth sat down with us and gave us the scoop on their new single and music video, their imminent EP, the recording of their next album, and his new side project.

 

Daniel, Thank you very much for sitting down with me.

Yeah man, absolutely.

So we’ll start with two questions I like to ask everybody I interview. First, how’d you get your start playing music?

I started playing when I was young. Both my parents play guitar. I originally got into through the church with them, they both were involved. Then when was I was about eight I wanted to start taking piano lessons. I think I’m the only kid that wanted to do that—that wasn’t forced to start taking them.

Yeah I wanted to play drums, but my mom made me take piano.

Ok, yeah yeah! You get it. That was it, that was where I got my start. The church was a big part of it. I never really thought of it as “church” because my parents played music there. Church was more about music than a religious thing for me. So that was really the beginning. Everyone in my family is musical. My uncle is a blues pianist, I have cousins that are also doing music professionally and things like that. So it’s just in the family.

OK, so the second question is the one I like to think of as the tricky one. What is your goal with the music you play now? What are you trying to do or accomplish by playing music?

I think the goal is spend every day making the music that we want to make. I hope that we continue to make music that resonates with people, but as long as it’s resonating with us and we’re still getting to do it every day… that’s the goal. To keep that up.

So you’re from Minnesota, and the guys are from all over the Midwest.

Yep. A couple guys from Ohio. Our drummer is from Kansas.

What brought you guys together and then to Nashville? Or was it the other way around?

Well school brought the drummer and I here years ago, that’s where we met. We didn’t start playing music together until long after school, but that’s what brought us here. The other two guys we met just through mutual friends as they moved down here. Our guitarist was down here for one summer and the drummer and I played in sort of a pick-up band together. So we ended up grabbing him after he finished his PhD at Indiana.

A PhD in music?

It was in Ethnomusicology. Actually he just walked for that. He just finished his dissertation.

So let’s talk about your newest single, “Always/Never.” Tell me a little about the song.

Sure! It’s the first track from an EP that we’re putting out in March. We made the EP with the same guy we did our last record, Kid Tiger, with. It’s kind of a continuation of that. It was tracked the same way, it was recorded at the same place—all those things. So it feels like a natural extension [of our last record]. We wanted to release something—we’re heading back into the studio in a week, so we wanted to be rolling out an EP while we’re not on the road.

“Always/Never”—funny story with that song. We wrote that and tracked it for our first album, Civilzed Man, and it just wasn’t right. The arrangement didn’t fit and we were just sort of done with it. I thought “Well maybe we can use it for something, someday.” Then we were working stuff up and decided to totally erase everything we did and build it back up. So it’s kind of an old song, but new now.

You did an EP as opposed to an album because you felt it was an extension of Kid Tiger?

Yeah. We had some additional songs and it felt like we should do them with the same person, in the same studio.

And you felt they didn’t belong on a new album.

Yeah I think so. It’s this group of songs where they’re each kind of their own thing. They fit together, but it didn’t feel like something that was part of an album.

I want to ask about the “Always/Never” music video because it’s very fun.

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What was the idea behind that? I watched a couple of your other videos and this one is much simpler, at least in concept.

Well, we did a two day video shoot, and ended up having to scrap it. Which happens sometimes. It was fine, we just decided it wasn’t the right thing for the song. We thought “Ok, we did this, and we spent this to do this thing, and now we’re left without a video… Do we need to have something by the time the song comes out?” We decided we wanted to and I just had this idea… I’ve always wanted incorporate animal masks into a video, because they’re always funny to me. It’s just always funny. So I said “Alright guys, just hear me out. Let’s try this. It might not work, but it’s gonna be easy.” And we could do it with like no budget, just do it on a phone. So that’s really what it came from. We did something like six takes. Someday I want to put out all the different ones, the video we put out is the one that’s the most… together. Uhhh… so you can imagine what the other ones are like. [laughs]

So there are five people that are in the video, as opposed to the four people that are typically in the band. Is that like a big secret?

It’s funny, I didn’t think about that at all. There’s actually only… maybe I’m giving away the secret here, but it’s an unintentional secret. There’s actually only three band members in the video. Our bass player lives in Ohio. He was down for the other shoot, but he couldn’t get down for this one—it was very last minute. It was like “Hey what’s everyone doing tonight, let’s go do this.” So for us, it was fine if it was two people, or three people, or eight people. We just decided to see who was around, and watch them do something.  It ended up just being two other friends of ours, and we didn’t think anything of it. But everyone just assumed it was the four band members and then was like “Who the fuck was the zebra!?”

It’s really a fun video. Seems like it was a lot of fun to make.

Yeah we just drank a bunch of whiskey and started filming.

Did you choreograph beforehand? Or just come up with it on the spot?

Yeah, I… I said… the chorus…. I’ll say it—I choreographed the chorus. I’ve never said that phrase before for anything! And then for the verse when every animal comes in I just said “Pick one dance move that inspires you, and do that the whole time. Don’t change it.” [laughs].

It does give a kind of surreal effect to it. They just keep going, and another comes up, and they just keep going…

[laughs] Yeah and then the end is a bit of release.

How is it playing with a bass player that lives in Ohio?

It’s good. It’s not too far. There are bands where people have much further commutes. He’s really good about getting down here pretty often. He meets us on the road, but he’s down here for writing and rehearsals and things like that.

So the EP comes out in March?

Yeah, March 11th.

Are you going to have more singles out before then?

Our second single will come out Feburary 12th. I think it’s a Friday…. [It is].

Are you doing a release show?

Yeah, March 13th at 3rd and Lindlsey. It’s the Lightning 100 Sunday Night, live-on-the-radio thing. And then we’re headed to SxSW straight from the show.

You also have a show coming up here in town on January 27th at The Basement East. Anything special about that?

Well everyone in the band is now working with BMI, who is putting on the show. It used to be two of us were with ASCAP, but now we’re all with BMI. Then there’s also the radio station Alt 98.3, the other sponsor for the show. They’ve been playing our song in heavy rotation, so that’s been great. It just worked out! BMI just asked if we wanted to play, and our bass player was scheduled to be in town for recording, so it just worked. We’re stoked about it.

So are there thoughts or plans for this next album? Any sort of new direction you’re going in?

Not really. For the past year or so when The Great Lakes haven’t been on the road I’ve been working on a side project with a guy named Kyle Andrews. He’s sort-of an electronic-alt-indie-pop guy. Artist and producer. I approached him with some songs that I’ve had that definitely weren’t for a four piece rock band. We’ve wanted to collaborate for some time, so we just tested the waters a bit to see what happened, acnd it went really well, it was a lot of fun. So about a year later now we’ve got a full record.

What’s that band called?

It’s called Chaos Emeralds. It’s cool. The first track we’ll be releasing later this month or February sometime. We’re playing our first show this month too, the 23rd at The High Watt [opening for Tanlines]. It’s been a lot of fun—doing something totally different. An electronic thing way out the realm of the four piece rock band. Kyle and I have worked really well together, and he brings really interesting perspective and sounds to songs. So The Great Lakes are going to go in with him at the producer wheel. He’s got a brand new studio that he just built, so we’re going in with him at the end of this month to try it out and see what happens. I’m really excited about it—to bring his take to more of a rock band setting.

Sounds very cool.

Yeah we’re looking forward to it for sure.

KNTRLR: LET’S GET DYSTOPIAN
January 15, 2016 11:23 am

KNTRLR – pronounce it how you will – clearly knows how to make something fresh. Their new music video for “Double Helix demonstrates that several times over.

Charles Davis and Michael Henry have created unique blends of electronic and rock. The closest thing to their sound might be something like Grimes, especially considering both acts create crazy interesting new sounds, and then use them in awesome ways. As a song, “Double Helix” subverts expectations with big shifts in tone and energy. The video then takes it a step further, and bucks the standard tropes of electro-pop music videos.

The video shows a dystopian corporate society populated entirely by clones of the two band members. An “Alpha” version of the duo controls the drones from a secret room, fucking with everyone’s day for their own greedy pleasure. Eventually the drones rebel and storm the control room, with a Thing-style walking hand in tow.

The quasi-political message is a refreshing juxtaposition with the song’s loving lyrics: “I’m chained to you, and I’ll do anything to stay chained to you, though I’m bound to fail to.” Some pretty slick special effects reinforce the sci-fi setting, and the video’s sense of humor keeps it from being anything close to heavy handed.