Video Premiere

June 10, 2015 3:30 pm

The new video for “Bad Break” from POP ETC is riding the “nostalgia for the 90s” wave. Rife with karaoke style lyrics along the bottom of the screen, obsolete gadgets like old video cameras, VHS and campy “Friends” style humor, the video is adorably retro. The boys in the band run through NYC and engage in slapstick-style humor, all to the infectious beat of their new single.

“Bad Break” is a song meant to be played on the dance floor, but has a poignant emotional sentiment. “To us, the song ‘Bad Break’ has a sad, dark sentiment wrapped up in an energetic upbeat arrangement. We wanted to make sure the video had the same contrast,” says front-man Chris Chu. The video does have this duality; although it is humorous, its overdone and exaggerated nature points to the greater meaning of the song. “The way we made it gives it a comical feel, and I like how weird that combination feels.”

POP ETC, (formerly The Morning Benders) are currently working on their new album, which they say is nearly completed. “Honestly, we can’t wait to be done with the damn thing so we can get it out into the world!”  We’re looking forward to the release as well and be sure to catch it on Atypical Sounds.

Written by Alessandra Licul 

Desert Noises Release Their Hilariously Sexy Video For “Shiver”
June 7, 2015 5:27 pm

“I’ll just close my eyes/Live in my dream” “Out of My Head”

The name Desert Noises—like many of the band’s songs on their debut full-length 27 Ways—came out of a dream that popped into front-man Kyle Henderson’s head while sleeping. “I just woke up and wrote it down on a piece of paper,” says the 24-year-old, who used it for the band he’d first formed with his brother and a friend in the Provo/Orem, Utah area after leaving his promising job as a business analyst for a multi-million-dollar skin care company, and a wife, behind.

Joined by fellow twenty-something cohorts bassist Tyler Osmond (yes, those Osmonds), guitar-shredder Patrick Boyer and drummer Brennan Allen, the foursome set out in a van three years ago and haven’t stopped since. 27 Ways is being released on L.A-based indie label SQE Music.

Recorded in the magical Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, Texas, on the banks of the Rio Grande with producer Nick Jodoin [Black Rebel Motorcycle Club], the album turns those experiences into songs which detail 27 Ways of breaking away from Mormon family and friends to undergo their own mission—touring in a rock ‘n’ roll band. “We’ve distanced ourselves from the religion,” explains Henderson, “but not the people, nor the community. That’s basically our family and everyone we know.”

Ironically, considering the band’s name, the album opens with the sound of waves crashing on the ocean, incorporating influences in beat-oriented soul and R&B as well as classic psychedelic rock (Led Zeppelin is a big touchstone), often in the same song. Check out the choppy rhythms in the opener, “Grandma Looks,” which share a name with Tyler’s Tumblr blog, morphing into a lilting Grateful Dead jam. There are also nods to Mumford & Sons-style folk in the marital strife of “Mice in the Kitchen,” as well as acoustic delta blues in Boyer’s slide guitar stylings on the album- (and often live set-) closing gospel plaint, “Dime in My Pocket.” The album sports a pair of set-piece anthems in “Keys on the Table” and the wide-screen “Angels,” with its telling lyric “I feel the weight of the world in change.” Brendan Allen’s tribal percussion plays a huge role in “Follow You Out.” Osmond’s undulating bass underlines the burning sexual desire of “Shiver,” while Boyer’s rumbling guitars and a big bottom characterize “Run Through the Woods.” With its grinding, acid-rock feel, “Elephant’s Bed” channels both the current (Aussie band Tame Impala) and the past (Neil Young’s Buffalo Springfield stint), with “What the World Made,” a song about hitting rock-bottom, sporting a loping, country-rock vibe not that far removed from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Henderson, whose mom was a piano teacher, didn’t pick up the guitar until he was a high school senior, but he soon made up for lost time, taking off from listening to Zeppelin, Modest Mouse and Bob Dylan to writing and playing his own songs.

“Older music is all we really listen to,” says Henderson. “Those melodies are so simple, but profound, soulful and timeless. And that’s what our music aspires to…to never get old.”

Desert Noises the band

Desert Noises backstage at Lollapalooza on August 2nd, 2014 in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.
Credit: Alex Reside

Osmond, who had been performing with his famous family since the age of two, got his first bass at 12, explains that the songs for the new album were all written and road-tested live while the band was on tour.

“This is what we always wanted to do,” Tyler explains. “Find four other dudes willing to work as hard as one another toward the same goal. That’s rare in and of itself, especially when you have to sit in a van together 12 hours a day. But we’re all brothers now.”

“I don’t know how we found each other,” says Henderson of his fellow bandmates. “We knew each other from playing around the area, and then it kind of got out of control from there. We didn’t really choose to be in this band. The band chose us.”

Indeed, there’s a sense of fate and destiny in Desert Noises that comes across in the band’s commitment to keep the flame burning.

“We don’t think too much about the future,” says Henderson about the group’s long-range goals. “You don’t want to disappoint yourself by setting goals you can’t achieve. I think it’s better to just let it flow and take its course.”

The constant roadwork, including high-visibility gigs at the Austin City Limits Festival and LouFest in St.Louis, have led the band to learn more about the outside world, and at the same time appreciate where they came from.

“It gave us great faith in humanity,” says Tyler. “Growing up in Utah, everyone has the same mentality. Seeing how many good people there really are out there has been eye-opening. We sleep on the floors of fans we met that night.”

At the same time, Henderson has learned to co-exist in his own world, returning to his wife, while still being able to follow those dreams that keep coming to him.

“Yeah, there are ‘27 Ways’ to get out of town today,” he jokes. “The hardest part is choosing one of them. There are so many things you can do to get out of bed in the morning…but there are times you just want to stay under the covers all day.”

With the way Desert Noises’ career is progressing, that doesn’t seem to be an option.

“I’d like to be doing this until I’m in my 80s,” laughs Tyler. “To my grave. We all see the potential. It’s fun and it’s good.”

“I want to know what it’s like/to light this thing on fire,” sings Henderson in “Mice in the Kitchen.”

Sure sounds like Desert Noises have done just that on 27 Ways.

Desert Noises the band

Video Premiere: Kate Copeland’s “Breaking”
May 28, 2015 7:06 pm

The new Kate Copeland video showcases the artist’s songwriting, composition and artistry and delivers it in a glamed-up 50s themed package. The track starts off with a sparkly piano-ukulele theme that shows off Copeland’s composition chops. The song occupies a very niche psychedelic-singer songwriter genre and it pulls you in with anecdotal lyrics.

Kate Copeland plays a stifled housewife. She certainly dresses the part in addition to dressing the video in a sepia tone indicative of the period. The narrative unfolds cinematically with beautiful setting, costuming and makeup. One of the more touching elements of this video is the throwback home video segments, making Copeland’s story personal to not only the characters she creates, but to the listener.

The narrative of the video and the musical elements of the song build concurrently. As she breaks down, so does the music. “Breaking” is not so much a traditional music video as it is a short feature length film, mostly because of the breadth of topics and emotions it is able to encompass in 3 minutes and 49 seconds.

Son Lux Release a Mind Blowing New Video for “Change Is Everything”
May 26, 2015 10:15 pm

Considering the incredibly impressive background Son Lux’s front man, Ryan Lott has had as a producer, it was really of no surprise to find out what a labor of love it was to make this new video for “Change Is Everything”

The video was created by The Made Shop in Denver, where it was painstakingly pieced together entirely with a foam white board, a lot of map pins, and some very clever stop motion animation.

The video took a week just to prep the reference used to guide pin placement, and another two weeks of frame-by-frame shooting from early morning to late night. They shot roughly over 4,000 frames to create this amazing piece of cinematic beauty.

Lott worked full-time in New York City from 2007 until 2012 composing music for commercials. While he mainly concentrates now on his music career, he still continues to compose commercial music for various projects.  Working as a trio with Ian Chang on drums and Rafiq Bhatia on guitar, Son Lux will release a new album called Bones on June 23 on Glassnote Records.

Be sure to catch Son Lux o June 9th at The Bowery Ballroom in NYC and for their full tour schedule you can check it out here.

Avi Jacob premieres new video for “Cannonball”
May 13, 2015 12:18 am

Boston based folk singer Avi Jacob just released his newest video for his single “Cannonball” and it does not disappoint. Jacob jumps right into his soulful lyrics as the video takes us through a romantic rendezvous, showing us the cannonball of a woman he travels with from the bar to the bedroom.

Backup vocals and killer dance moves are provided by a puppet version of Avi Jacob, operated by puppeteer Will Schutze, who croons into the microphone alongside his human model, adding whimsy and humor to this sensual music video.

Even with the puppet, it is clear that through Avi’s smooth voice and coy looks, he is the real star of the video, showcasing his talent for the world to see. His style mixes up a debonair jazzy sound alongside an edgy grit that makes you want to melt. So take notice world, because Avi Jacob is coming for you, and I’m sorry to say you might not be able to resist this flavor.

Yassou Benedict Exclusive Session
March 15, 2015 12:00 pm

We were able to capture Yassou Benedict’s haunting rendition of “Rule The World” while they were in town for CMJ Music Marathon this fall. They were real troopers and braved the piercing wind of our deck overlooking the East River.

Lilie Hoy, bassist and lead vocalist, was accompanied by guitarist and vocalist James Jackson as the sun set over Brooklyn. This band never ceases to amaze us with their breathtaking vocals and haunting melodies. We are so proud of our artists and thrilled to share the first chapter of the Atypical Sounds live music session with you. Check it out!