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October 19, 2016 11:23 am

“When I was a young boy, my father took me to the city, to see a marching band…”

This line of lyric is so universally known by the rock world that no one can hear this song and not feel some strong attachment to it. My Chemical Romance‘s immersive album The Black Parade was part epic, part tragedy filled with soaring highs and wallowing lows. Rock Sound magazine is celebrating the 10th anniversary of this legendary album with the story of the creation and life of The Black Parade and an incredible amount of content.

9390352-368-k802450A decade is a long time, in 2006, the Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii came out, Casino Royal and Cars debuted, Justin Timberlake was bringing “Sexyback, Shakira’s hips didn’t lie and Daniel Powter was still having his bad days. This was a year of strong movement in pop culture and punk rock was being redefined. My Chemical Romance way making one of the biggest movements because of their raw style of music, fashion and tone in their genre defining The Black Parade.

Rock Sound’s October edition is an essential for any punk, emo, rock or ska fan. There is a beautifully told story of MCR’s creative process of The Black Parade and its life and impact it had on the band. It is filled with a lot of funny small stories and interesting insights on why the band took a break and how they dealt with all of these changes.

However, the part of this edition that seems more interesting and gripping is the cover album that accompanies the issue. Rock Sound gathered a grand collection of artists deep in the indie rock world to cover each song on The Black Parade giving each track new life while saluting them with praise and honor at the same time. From Escape the Fate‘s similar and powerful rendition of “Dead!” to Twenty One Pilot‘s heart breaking performance of Cancer and Against the Current‘s different take on Teenagers, this album brings new life to The Black Parade while reminding you how truly amazing this album was and still is.

I would recommend anyone and everyone who is a fan of MCR, The Black Parade, punk, rock, indie, ska, heavy metal or good music in general to pick up this epic issue of Rock Sound with the additional tribute album. MCR is also celebrating this 10th anniversary with a special deluxe edition that any fan NEEDS to get, you can’t miss this. The Black Parade is amazing in both forms and may their music and memory carry on.

August 30, 2016 11:59 am

Painted Palms had an interesting start to their career. Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme were two cousins growing up together on the same block in Louisiana. But it took Donohue moving to the west coast for the two to begin writing music together. They exchanged tunes online for several years while they both finished working on their degrees. These exchanges resulted in the debut EP Canopy. After the release of Canopy, Kevin Barnes from Of Montreal heard the tracks and invited the duo to be main support for Of Montreal’s tour in 2011. Thus began Painted Palms.

Their music consists of memorable melodies accompanied by balmy synth pop. It’s easy to feel the urge to get up and move when a Painted Palms track starts playing. Their debut EP was only a small taste of what was to come. In 2014, they released their debut album Forever. The album garnered an overall positive review from Pitchfork. The single “Carousel” is a great example of the psych synth pop sound that represents Painted Palms. Their follow up to Forever came two years later in 2015.

Horizons opens up with the single “Refractor.” The video for the song was debuted on Billboard. The video is an interesting combination of live-action and animation. This sophomore album had a large emphasis on the synth pop sound. The melodies continued to flow effortlessly from track to track. They toured that album with another fantastic electronic pop act, Small Black. The consistent aspect between all of Painted Palms releases thus far is their listenability. While their music fits much better soundtracking a summer drive than a cold winter night, if you put on any of their albums you’ll find yourself enjoying it from start to finish.

July 14, 2016 11:02 am

The purpose of an overcoat is to act as a tough exterior, protecting our clothing from all of the elements the world throws at us. It protects what we consider to be sensitive. The vulnerability that comes with exposing our clothes that are tarnished by the weather allows everyone to get a look at what we’ve experienced. Even though it’s merely our daily outfit that we’re hiding, nobody can pinpoint exactly what our outfit looks like. We leave that to the onlooker’s imagination until we decide to reveal ourselves.

The music of the now New York based outfit, Overcoats, mirrors much of the same characteristics possessed by the article of clothing they take their name from. The moniker stems from the strength Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell find in making music together. Each note helps build up a warm layer of protection for the vulnerability that the lyrics contain. Their sound is dark and captivating, spare and rhythmic. The Overcoats EP released in 2015 gave a glimpse into what the group is capable of. They combine dance beats with spare electronics and folk harmonies to create a unique sound that is reminiscent of Sylvan Esso combined with The Staves, but more subdued. The focus lies on the emotional picture painted by the lyrics, framed by honesty and shimmering electronics. Their 2016 single, “Nighttime Hunger,” gave us a perfect example of that. It begins with knocking. Once inside, the world is overcome with a fear of the night and what the darkness brings out in all of us. “Little Memory” is a reverb laden journey down memory lane. “We like to write about interpersonal things that aren’t spoken of, or are slightly taboo, “Little Memory” is about memories, time, timing, dreams and regrets. It’s always sad with us,” said Hana Elion in an interview with LA Music Blog. Similar sentiments are further explored on other standout tracks, “Smaller Than My Mother” and “The Fog.”

Since releasing their debut EP last year, the duo have been on a very successful tour in Europe. Their shows are said to be captivatingly beautiful. Seeing the playful vocal interplay between the two is a sight to behold. The European tour was crowned by a headlining performance in the popular Dublin venue, Whelan’s, as well as a set at the Longitude Festival alongside the likes of James Blake and Alt-J. Once back in New York, they set up shop and played a few performances including a show at Mercury Lounge. They have been garnering critical praise as well as an excited fan base ever since. The band has been featured multiple times by NPR, All Things Go, and even Perez Hilton. They also ranked third in NPR’s fan poll for favorite new musicians of 2016 so far. Their appeal seems to know no bounds.

Overcoats is currently in the studio recording what is already a highly anticipated debut album. If the small taste we’ve gotten from their EP and single are any indication, we are all in for quite a treat when this album drops.

July 13, 2016 3:35 pm

Wow! Just, wow. HINDS is everything an indie rock band could ever dream to be. This indie rock band from Madrid is so powerfully raw that you’ll think they are the ones who created rock music.

Starting in 2011 as a duo doing primarily covers, Carlotta Cosials and Ana García Perrote built a small following with their strong vocals and guitars skills. After recruiting Ade Martin on bass and Amber Grimbergen on drums, the duo became an epic foursome of spirit and attitude for the indie rock scene.

Their first album, Leave Me Alone, came out January of this year full of smashing hits. There is something impressively simple and thoroughly amazing about this these four girls. I realized it sounds like they are the first people to ever pick up guitars and drums and sing at the same time. I mean this in the best way possible, as if they are the first ones to discover what rock music could be. Their style is all from them, no outside influences or pressures from the world, you hear these artists pour every ounce of their soul into every track. The guitars meld together on every song and their layering vocals are so sweet and driven by emotion, it’s addicting. I hope you can hear it the same way I do, and the more you listen, the more you see their raw talent and personality in every note.


Their new music video for “Warts” is a punch in the face message about loving the wrong person and watching a train wreck of a relationship. The description in the video says, “have you ever seen a couple that shouldn’t be a couple? Have you ever seen your friend’s girlfriend’s warts before he does?…..She is gonna beat him bad, but he only hears parabarabaraba.” It has everything a indie rock band should have: style, originality and a sound that stay with you all day.

Enjoy this wonderfully bittersweet music video and check out the rest of the album Leave Me Alone, with songs like Bamboo, Warts, San Diego and Garden, you’ll never want to listen to anything else this summer.

July 7, 2016 7:34 pm

Henri K. Rapp, Jeanette Sangston and Chayla Hope are constantly knee deep in the rock & roll scene of Cleveland, OH. I had the opportunity to talk to the artists about their relationship with this beautiful city and how its music scene has contributed to what they have now.

Who are you and what do you do?


Henri K. Rapp – Photo by Evan Prunty

“I’m Henri K. W. Rapp, a Cleveland based Music Producer and Location Sound Mixer for TV/Film. I help run Bad Racket Recording Studio, where a lot of what I record is bands. We are fortunate enough to live in a city with some truly phenomenal artists, and I’m very glad to have had the opportunity to record some of them. At Bad Racket, we produce a music video series called ‘Live From Bad Racket.’ In the last year I have had the opportunity to work on a more diverse selection of projects than ever before; An 18-Piece orchestra in The Cleveland Art Museum, Strings for Cleveland Playhouse, Sound for TV Shows, as well as record with some great bands like Worship This!, Clementine, The Village Bicycle, Signals Midwest, and A Work Of Fiction.” -Henri K. Rapp

“My name is Jeanette Sangston. I am the Director of Sofar Sounds Cleveland. We curate secret, intimate shows once a month in unique spaces around the city, highlighting emerging talent.” -Jeanette Sangston

“I am a press operator at Gotta Groove Records and the lead singer of Seafair and Glitter Biscuit” -Chayla Hope

For the past 8 years that I’ve lived in Cleveland, Ohio, I have gone through a roller coaster of emotions. First off, I came from Anchorage Alaska, which made me a snobby brat. I held my head high thinking nothing could top the plethora of fresh fish, tourist attractions and the small, hometown feel that the tiny city offered. I was vastly wrong. This city has grown on me like ivy on an antique brick house, pulling relentlessly at my heartstrings.

For those who’ve never been here, you probably know it from the vast majority of terrible jokes against it like ‘Mistake on the Lake,’ ‘Cuyahoga River catching on fire’ and the “At Least We’re Not Detroit” fad to name a few. Cleveland is a small city, vibrant within the community with an ever blossoming and thriving music, food, and start up scene.

Cleveland is about to host the Republican National Convention. I’m a little worried as I work downtown as most friends and family do. That being said, I do know that we had 1.3 million people crowding the downtown area at the Cleveland Cavaliers championship parade, it being the biggest championship celebration in NBA history with little to no damage to the city. Are you listening, America?

What have you noticed lately in the music scene?

“One thing that’s stood out to me in recent times is up and coming labels from Cleveland, like Quality Time Records, Jurassic Pop Records, and Escapist Records who’ve been putting out some truly killer records. A lot of these releases have been cut to cassette tapes, or pressed to vinyl at Gotta Groove Records. They are a Cleveland based record plant that is one of the biggest in the country. We have a lot of friends who work over there. It’s also awesome to see cassette tapes make such a remarkable comeback as well.” -Rapp

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Chayla Hope at Jeanette Sangston’s Sofar Sounds – Photo By Ernie Joy

“Cleveland has always had a strong music scene, but it seems like there is definitely a new vibrancy. An injection of new energy. There seems to be a desire to shine the spotlight on our talent so that we can launch our artists to that next level…perhaps a national level. The realization that success for anyone in Cleveland means success for everyone; that the stronger our scene is, the stronger that spotlight is. There are so many people in Cleveland that value music…on every level…and work EXTREMELY hard to promote that value throughout the city. It’s really an awesome time to be involved in the Cleveland music scene. We have amazing talent and passion here.” -Sangston

“Its becoming more of a community. More people are supporting each other and collaborating. It’s a wonderful thing.” -Hope

On the west side, you can find a bustling downtown, the original Melt Bar and Grilled and Tremont, where you can dine at Michael Symons Lolita among other home grown eateries. Don’t worry, Trump likely won’t enter Symon’s, so if you’re looking for a safe haven during the convention you have Lola, Lolita and any of the B spot locations. But on the sprawling streets of the East Side harbor has Little Italy, a handful of art museums, University Circle at Case Western as well as some of the best hospitals (hopefully you won’t need those).

The historic Euclid Tavern is an old music venue, now home to the Happy Dog, where you can get Fruit Loops or almost any other unique topping for your hotdogs. Also if you’re looking to see national or even local acts in a small intimate atmosphere, you can hit up the Grog Shop where I’ve personally seen the likes of Saintseneca, Lucero and Nick 13. Further north in Collinwood you have the Beachland Ballroom/tavern. I recently saw Brian Fallon there and The Ohsees. The Beachland also has killer food. No kidding, you’ll cry while eating it.

How has the music scene changes effected your business and projects?

“This time of year is not only the busy season, but with an active music scene, all the film production and the RNC coming to town, I stay quite booked up at Bad Racket, doing location sound for TV shows, and mixing concerts at Mahall’s. We also have been shooting new ‘Live From Bad Racket’ videos faster then we can do the post production, so we are starting to have a nice cache of videos that we will be premiering soon.” -Rapp

“Well, there certainly seems to be no limit to the pool of talented emerging artists in Cleveland. Equally, there seems to be no limit to the amount of people willing to support and help out Sofar Sounds as well. I’m truly amazed at how generous people are when they are passionate about something. The music community is like no other. It binds strangers into family. As we grow our support, we’re able to amplify our voice throughout Cleveland and beyond.” -Sangston

What does Cleveland mean to you?

“Cleveland is a city of opportunity for people interested in creating something awesome. It’s a place where the cost of living is low, while still big enough of a city to be a cultural hub. This kind of environment is the perfect incubator for artists, musicians, writers, actors, or anyone who wants to pursue a creative career path. With more films and TV being shot here, and a surplus of great bands, it’s a great city to work in doing audio.” -Rapp

“Cleveland is home. I’ve lived here my entire life. It is the confluence of grit and culture; it is steeped in the past yet has the palpable energy of new growth. We can talk all day about all of the new construction, Public Square renovation, the revival of the Flats; but ultimately, the heartbeat of Cleveland is the people. And the energy, pride, and camaraderie was never more apparent than at the Cavs parade. THAT is Cleveland.’ -Sangston

“It’s home. Cleveland is growing exponentially. I’ve always found beauty in it, but now so many people are flocking here due to the Cavs, the food, the sights, and the booze (chuckles). Public square is helping immensely as well!” -Hope

Cleveland is a major believer in bringing new to live alongside the old, a lot of our old buildings are intact and are being reused by new up-and-coming businesses. As a transplant, coming from a relatively new state, I never had the luxury to witness much history, but it’s a wild dream imagining all those who have stepped through the same streets I currently walk through.

I work in downtown Cleveland at a market, but this place previously was a hardware store. With majestic lofts above the store, exposed ceilings and sprawling wood work, it’s a wonder this wasn’t built to be exactly what it is now: a trendy downtown market and grocery store.

What are some important aspects you think all outsiders should know before stepping into our world?

“I think people are surprised at generally how nice Clevelanders are. There may be some pre-conceived notions about us, but Cleveland is world class in every way. Food, sport, art, and music…we are the epitome of Rust Belt Revival. I would encourage any outsider to really dig in and sample the best the city has to offer. They surely won’t leave disappointed.” -Sangston

I believe Jeannette said it best. Cleveland has finished its rehab and it is completely clean now, including the brand new square which had its grand opening only about a week ago. We are a proud city, reeking of admiration for the skyline we see every time we drive up the Shoreway or fight our way through east side traffic to see the Key Tower, Terminal Tower, Justice center or the Guardians of Transportation and we know we are home.

July 5, 2016 12:36 pm

When we think of Rock N’ Roll, a slew of different artists and styles enter our minds. We imagine The Beatles rocking out with thousands of screaming fans and Iron Maiden storming the stage with face melting guitar solos, or Queen’s poetic, slightly softer rock and Green Day’s heavy punk attitude. Rock encompasses a lot, but the band Colony House describes themselves as “rock n’ roll” with “stripped down instruments,” which couldn’t be more accurate.

Colony House was once a mad rock trio made up of Caleb Chapman (vocals/guitar), Will Chapman (drums) and Scott Mills (guitar), but recently added a fourth, Parke Cottrell (bass), creating an epic rock quartet. All four of these guys came from Franklin, Tennessee. The band name comes from a humble apartment complex in Franklin that all the band members have grown to call home in one way or another.

Colony House has that perfect simplicity and creativity that the world needs and you can hear it in their new single “You Know It.” Their music is fast, full of energy and purity. I love the straightforward formula, great chords on the guitar, varied drums and strong vocals, an easy hit for the summer. They are coming out with their second full album Only the Lonely on September 16th, so although we’ll have to wait a bit, it will be worth it.

If you can’t wait till then for the pure Tennessee rock of Colony House, check out their last album and EPs here. Roll down the windows, drive fast and blast “You Know It” for the whole summer. I know I will.

July 1, 2016 6:20 pm

Imagine you’re a music student at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute and Pharrell Williams is coming to teach a masterclass on songwriting. You’ve written a couple bangers or whatever, being a music student and all, but you’re nervous nonetheless. This is likely your only opportunity to have a famous and incredibly successful musician critique your work. What if he cuts it to pieces? What if he kinda likes it except for the one part that also happens to be your favorite part. What if he really likes it and then nothing in your life ever compares to the thrill of celebrity endorsement ever again? Is that the best outcome you can hope for?


No, the best outcome would be Pharrell’s stunned, appreciative silence going viral and launching your career. Such is the story of Maggie Rogers, internet sensation and pride of NYU, whose song “Alaska” struck Pharrell speechless this past February. We were speechless too, and that is why she is our Artist of the Month. The track is relatively sparse, stacking harmonies atop a phat beat and melodic accompaniment, like if St. Vincent or tUnE-yArDs got out of their own way for one Goddamn second and just wrote what people wanted to hear. Pharrell called Rogers’ sound “singular” which, frankly, couldn’t be more descriptive, “I’ve never heard anything that sounds like that. That’s a drug for me.” Thanks, Pharrell.

The song is poised to be a major summer jam, combining an infectious groove and stunning, polyphonic melody with the internet momentum required for off-brand success. Rogers has already aligned with Brooklyn’s Mick Management (home to Real Estate and Leon Bridges, among others) in an effort to field the snowballing array of label interest, but remember: Rogers was just another person a few months ago, nobody, Pitchfork or even ATYPICAL SOUNDS, would blink twice at. She moved back home with her parents after graduation. She’s going on a postgrad Euro-trip this month. “I’m taking it a day at a time,” she says. “I’m excited to see what the world looks like when I get back in July, but it will probably pretty much look like me living in my childhood bedroom and my mom telling me to do the dishes.”

Are you fucking kidding me? You gotta go ride that wave, girl!

Rogers’ new EP is allegedly finished, but she’s waiting for “Alaska” to play out before releasing it. This could be good–I mean you don’t wanna get all your fame all at once now do you–but it could also be quite stupid, waiting for momentum to fade before capitalizing on it. Don’t you know how this works, Maggie?! This is the internet we’re talking about here, people have clinical deficits of attention. Strike while the iron is hot! Like, what if Zeppelin waited a whole year before albums 1 & 2? Do you wanna last forever or do you wanna blow people’s minds?!

13407114_1028384547247156_7158218423968864883_nWere I on Pharrell’s (and everybody else’s) radar, you can bet I’d be real in-your-face about it. Call into the radio offering an impromptu live interview. Get my publicist in talks with Conan’s people (after, you know, getting a publicist). Rent Manhattan billboard space for my PG-13 spread. Is skywriting still a thing? What about t-shirt cannons, are they legal in the city? Can Fun-Dip do a custom batch for my single release? “Taste the sweetest track of the summer with Fun-Dip! Prices and participation may vary.”

But maybe that’s why she’s blowing up instead of me; she’s got patience (and also musical talent and a fantastic singing voice). I just hope she doesn’t wait too long, else she finds the internet and broader musical community less forbearing than Pharrell and myself.

Maggie Rogers’ traditional folk albums from high school can be found here and here. Look for the official “Alaska” video this summer and her latest EP later this year.

June 23, 2016 12:21 pm

The Chameleon Club was the tour stop for Waxahatchee (the usual musical baby of Katie Crutchfield played with a full band), joined by Ali Crutchfield and Kississippi and I couldn’t think of a better bill for a warm June night.

Philly band Kississippi opened the show around 6:45 and if you’re like the couple next to me who missed the set to pregame, you made a big mistake. I’ve been a fan for a while but was never able to catch a set until last night. Dreamy, yet intricate and raw, Kississippi sets the bar high for Philadelphia DIY. Vocalist Zoe Allaire has the power to silence an entire room and building up drums and guitar will sweep you off your feet. The loving and well crafted sound makes it clear why Kississippi is one of the most talked about bands at the moment.

Allison Crutchfield played next (and then played next again, joining her sister in Waxahatchee). She played a set full of heartfelt longing backed by lo-fi electronic music. Crutchfield paints a picture of yearning without saying a word, the slow pulse of her synth does it for her. She is authentic, sincere and unapologetic, something I think resonates with an audience.

Lastly, Waxahatchee took to the stage playing mostly a set of songs from Ivy Tripp (an album that I feel so strongly about I’d staple it to my forehead if I could, maybe that’s a little too excessive but you get the idea, its a great album). Waxahatchee’s set definitely felt perfect for a June night, as her warm, delicate yet husky voice sang over defiant chords.  I watched her take control of the audience like a force to be reckoned with (I literally felt the burn as she scolded a group of obnoxious, drunk people who were talking loudly over her set with her eyes, rightfully so). I’m not sure if many people could deliver heartbreakingly poetic songs as well as Waxahatchee does, with music so simplistic and yet as if she were drawing your tears out of your eyes with her own hands.

Overall the night was a mix of beautiful voices, dreamy tones and heartbreaking words, if you missed it, I am so sorry for you.

12:03 pm

The Case

Modern music is going all sorts of ways, from pop crazes to mind blowing electric drops, it can sound a lot like garbage while the music as we once loved and appreciated might seem to be dying off. But I offer you this comparison between Mozart and Skrillex to illustrate how music is not going down the drain but is instead doing more than it ever has.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a young master of music born in 1856, and Sonny John Moore (Skrillex), an edgy electronic king, are two of the greatest artists of their time. Even though 150 years and an unmeasurable amount of musical evolution separate these two men, they aren’t that different. Youthful attitudes, intense passions and powerful ambitions fueled these two for years. I am no expert in the history of Wolfgang Mozart or an ultra Skrillex zealot, but I’m sure they would be tight knit friends, and I’m going to give you three reasons why.

Young At Heart: Age Is In The Mindbaby+m

Mozart was pretty much the life of the party wherever he went. With strong talent and a passion for showing that talent, I am sure when he went out that he was the center of attention. He played for royalty, was commissioned to make various pieces for people of high status and did all this before he was 25. He died December of 1791, but in his 36 years on this green planet he wrote over 600 works. That’s roughly 16 works a year, that pretty crazy. Even Paul McCartney has only written/recorded 600 or 700 songs in his lifetime, which is more than twice as long as Mozart’s career. He also had an array of different pets, enjoyed dancing and wrote a few comedic pieces with his friends. To say Mozart had a youthful spirit is an understatement. His young spirit came through his music, it’s ability to be so light and joyous or dark and brooding is one of a kind.

Moore (Skrillex) may not have been playing for royalty at age 5, but he sure was quite the music fiend. He said in an interview with Katie Couric, ”I was that kid banging on pots and pans, making music anyway I could…I remember having these toy harmonicas that I would play all the time, just whatever I could get my hands on.” He has been exposed to the music since he was a toddler, wanting to play and create his own music. He also talked about how his music is stuff he would want for his 16 year old self, something loud, intense and fun. His music is made for the youth in all of us, not an age group, but an age of the soul.

WolfiMoz1756: Kind Sir Sonny, what plans hast thou tonight?

Skrillex88: Show’s @ 9:30, want to turn some tables?

WolfiMoz1756: Yes! I first must perform in Central Park at 7, soon after I’ll be there.

Dedicated To The Art: Soul Is A Part Of Art

The best way to describe Mozart’s love and devotion to music is by watching the movie or play Amadeus. It may be fictitious in a lot of ways, but from everything else I’ve read, his passion for music is just as obsessive as in the movie. He had been writing music since he was a child, his first work finished and transcribed by his father around age 5. He would spend all his time with music, going to shows, working with other composers and constantly imagining new and innovative pieces. But in his last years of declining health and some sign of depression, he still created some of his most notable works, The Magical Flute, Piano Concerto No. 27 and Ave verum corpus. This man literally wrote music till he died.

Skrillex-Jumping-Poster-Square.0.0With all that Mozart has dedicated to making music, Moore, might still have him beat. He played about 320 shows in 2011, just about one show a day. Seriously intense, that is hours of setup, playing and break down every day. This also doesn’t include how many hours he spent traveling, honestly I don’t know how he did it. From 2008 until now he has easily made/remixed and helped produce in over 100 songs, all that mixing and making while doing shows like a mad man all over the world. Moore has also gotten a lot of hate on him music and dubstep in general for it being curated inside a laptop and not really music but noise with a drum beat. But he just takes criticism and laughs it off humbly and continues to play for HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE A YEAR. He is dedicated to playing and creating music that brings people together to have a great time.

WolfiMoz1756: I’m here. Where be thee? The venue looks magnificent.

Skrillex88: yea it is. Brought some tunes to drop?

WolfiMoz1756: You bet I did, thou are ready to party till daybreak?

Skrillex88: 3 times this week, still going strong. I’ll pass the table to you for a bit and sit back to watch the master at work.

WolfieMoz1756: We will see if they can fathom the newest of new music.

Skrillex88: sounds legit

No Risk, No Reward: One Must Sacrifice to Gain Greatly

The young Mozart was not a modest man, he knew the worth of his pieces and had no problem writing and presenting what was exactly in his mind. He wrote for various different people, different genres, operas for royalty, requiems and comedic piece for his friends in small venues. Mozart would create music that he wanted to and would play where he wanted; an apartment building, etc. After a performance of Mozart’s, the Emperor Joseph II of Austria said it was, “too beautiful for our ears, my dear Mozart, and monstrous many notes.” The Emperor and most likely some of his associates thought there were just too many notes in the song, and Mozart simply replied, “[there are] (e)xactly as many as are necessary, Your Majesty.”

Sonny is exactly the same. He is strong in his music and will produce what he wants, what he likes and what he wants others to hear. Dubstep was brand new and the dance scene was growing world wide, but it wasn’t a big competitor compared to other genres five years ago. Putting himself out their and creating music with screams, high pitched electro voices and sounds that you couldn’t imagine, he really set himself up for either success or failure, and that risk is what separates him from other artists. Sonny was one of the first mainstream (if not the first) dubstep artist to bring that style to the masses. His music has been criticized on many levels by journalists and artists, and yet he still produces hard hitting drops and speaker busting sounds. He was even brought onto Transformers 4 for sound design for the impressive and unique sounds that he could create. Sonny rocks his own hair cut, style and music, willing to go out on a limb to climb to the top while never succumbing to the modern music troupe or fads.

Skrillex88: Made it home? I’m dead beat

WolfiMoz1756: I did and I am exhausted. I do believe they enjoyed our collaboration, they went mad near the end.

Skrillex88: i know right! that new stuff you had was crazy. Crowd freaked out, all or nothing right?

WolfiMoz1756: Always till the end my good sir.


The Verdict

In reality, any musician who introduces new sounds and styles are loved by some and hated by others. Mozart became one of the most influential composers of all time and Skrillex has helped pave the way for dubstep, these being their greatest achievements. People are taking the best of both worlds and creating new and beautiful songs, heck, even Hans Zimmer (Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy and The Lion King Soundtracks) used dubstep in certain songs for The Amazing Spider Man 2. Rock bands are grabbing sythns, rap artists are using orchestras and everything in between is being created now. Mozart’s songs are remixed all over the internet and Skrillex has helped produce some sick new music for K-Pop band, 4-Minute. Music is a giant melting pot of all genres. I have no doubt that if Sonny was in Mozart’s time, he would spend night after night pouring over scores and symphonies to play for the biggest crowds possible. And if Mozart was here with us, he would be combining all sorts of genres and exploring every avenue of music possible. The greatest artists and songs need to brave the unknown and create with no limitations, that is where Mozart went, Skrillex is going and what the greats of the future will do. I rest my case. Music knows no time constraints. It will continue to expand, defy normalities and be better as time goes on.

May 31, 2016 12:46 pm

In the city of Rincon, Puerto Rico, a small group of friends were taking a music class together in high school. Each of them loved music and chose different instruments to allow their creativity to grow, later deciding to bring their love for music to the public. Starting out in the smallest of venues, The Disfunction made music that they loved and wanted to share it with anyone that would listen. 

the disfunction

The band itself is made up of core members Manny, Francis, and Nicky. Manny (Manolo Lorenzo) is the lead singer and songwriter of the band, rocking out on keyboard and destroying the microphone every show. Francis (Francis Guzmán) melts faces with guitar riffs and chords on acoustic and electric guitars from beginning to end of the album. And last but not least, Nicky (Nicky Godinez) keeps the smooth sounds going on bass and sometimes acoustic guitar. They have two drummers, one in Puerto Rico (Joseph) and the other here in the US (Carlito). Also in their first album and many other songs featured their friend Christian Cordero, an amazing pianist, and he helped produce a lot of the keyboard and synth work. With all these moving pieces, most bands would lose direction or quality, but in fact, these changes in the band are what makes their music from album to album continuously evolve. 

Manny was kind enough chat with us about his career, the band and even what he is listening to right now.

The Disfunction

What brought the band together?

We all went to the same high school and grew up as friends. I got into music before anyone in my band. But in high school, everyone in the band took music classes and my keyboard player, who is a phenomenal musician, learned really quickly and he is the best musician out of us. Our Puerto Rican drummer (Joseph, the first original drummer) is a beast of a drummer and plays a masterful classical guitar.

How are your gigs in Puerto Rico different than those here in the US?

The bars pay you to play there, we’re not paid by how many people come in the door. You just play for whatever crowd you get, which is pretty much just tourists. There are a few people that will hand us their business card and will want us for a gig later, but we have to be smart in the business and market ourselves in the right places. It’s all about the hype and mystery, and then deliver on it with amazing shows and albums.

Speak into My Good EyeDo you guys sing in Spanish or have any songs in Spanish?

We have two songs in Spanish…that we never play. The latin market is not what we are really aiming for.

What do you do to wind down after a show?

We often stick around the venue to see the other bands and meet people, make connections and then just go out and see the city. Pretty much just a tourist. If I’ve we’ve been there before, sometimes we’ll just grab a drink and then just head home and sleep especially if we have a show the next day.

If you could play in any city in USA, where would you play?

If there is anywhere I would love to play, it would be Nashville. I would also like to play in California again.

What are you listening to now?

Tame Impala, Girls Names, Mild High Club, Tropical Popsicle, Mac Demarco and Flaming Lips.

What are your plans going forward?

We just want to make it. But we want to make it in a different way. We want to get recognized and play the right places and be with the right people. We are obviously playing a lot of shows to promote the new album now, but if we go back to Puerto Rico at the end of the year, we will most likely start working on a new album.

The Disfunction’s new album 1,2,3… Testing is a beautiful and rugged piece that feeds from the personal lives and styles of each band member. The album is mostly solid rock with a little punk, some alternative and a spoonful of indie which caters well to rock enthusiasts of any kind. The album has is a blend of the sound of The KillersHot Fuzz, the attitude of classic Led Zeppelin and a hint of personal uniqueness reminiscent of U2.

Johnny, the last song of the album, is their most popular song that came with a great new music video. Talking to Manny, the song has a personal connection to him and his friends, telling the story of a friend who fell into a wayward path leading to a lot of self destruction. This really shows the deep, personal and powerful connection the band holds to their music.

During the interview Manny also revealed that his favorite song is “Sunshine,” a beautifully bright and melancholy piece. The bitter sweet story on which it’s based on is what resonated with him. A woman in his life had everything going for her. She beamed like a ray of sunshine in his eyes and was established as “the one” for him. But he let her go and after time, this song was born.

1,2,3… Testing is a phenomenal work filled with hope, sorrow, action and reflection. This album has something for everyone. The Disfunction has one goal: play as much as they can and bring their music to anyone who will listen. You can buy their new album on iTunes and Google Play