There are some great classic bands that have been making music for decades and are still going strong. Consider Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones and U2 have been making music and performing seemingly forever. But how about a band that has been around for 148 years? Let us introduce you to New Mongrels.
A 17-year-old veteran of the civil war, Henry Brooke, founded the “Smythe County Mongrels Society” in 1861. He stated their purpose as “the joyful promotion, through song and rhythmic utterances, of a unified moral code for all creatures.” Now his great-great grandson Haynes Brooke has reformed the group under the name The New Mongrels. The group is an international collective of musicians and artists that operate under an antiquated set of by-laws and occasionally come together to make an album. Membership is by invitation only but is not limited by species affiliation. Four of the members are dogs. Although this seems quite strange the music is very engaging and entertaining.
Earlier this year New Mongrels released the album Raised Incorruptible. The 14 track record harkens back to roots americana but has enough modern edge to merge into today’s folk sounds. The opener “Time” is a sweet sounding song pushed forward by powerful female vocals. There are many pieces here combining to form an antique and warm sound. On “Decision Time” the band rocks out a little while still only using acoustic instruments. The title track “Raised Incorruptible” will seep into your head like a soft serenade and remain there. Enjoy the video below:
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The role of the music video has changed over the years but one thing will always remain the same. A video must get your attention not just with the song but with the visuals. A song that may be passed over upon first listen can become a repeated play with the right attention grabbing images. A great example is the latest by Nate Paladino.
The California troubadour has a very interesting deep vocal style that he combines with his entertaining and humorous songwriting to craft memorable songs. Our recent find is Nate’s video for “Buy Your Heart”. The video will mesmerize even the most discerning listener. It is very hard to turn away. Enjoy it for yourself below:
The alternative rock and grunge music booms of the early 1990s have had an everlasting effect on the music of today. Many bands claim these bands as heavy influences in their sound. It is not only the sound of the bands but also the simple ‘get out there and make music no matter what it sounds like’ attitude of the time. Our latest find The Hubs are definitely a piece out of that golden age.
The 4 piece alternative rock band hails from Bakersfield, California. The Hubs are a group of guys that have the attitude that music is meant to be fun and they create songs to showcase just that. There is an obvious good time happening in the studio when they are writing and recording. The band takes the influences of an assortment of bands from the time such as Weezer and Pavement.
Recently The Hubs released their debut EP Welcome To Beyond. The 7 track record is a testament to a band getting out there and having a good time. The opener “Rocketship” sets the tone immediately that these guys know how to use their instruments. The guitar and drums in particular jump out as skilled players. There is a big Weezer presence on “Plastic Heart”. The self-defeating vocals become very relatable and therefore memorable. A blues feel is felt on “Rut” with its stretched out guitars and vocal styling. There is something for every lover of music on this album even a bonus cover track of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So”. Go get yourself into The Hubs at: https://www.facebook.com/thehubband
One of the sincerest forms of flattery is covering music that has already been written and has inspired you. These songs do not have to be the classic rock songs that we grew up listening to over and over, it can be anything that has made the an influence to help in your desire to create music. We recently discovered a very interesting album from Albedo.
Doug Clyde is the man behind the new age music artist known as Albedo. He began his fascination with music at an early age fiddling with an old Casio keyboard and learning clarinet at the age of nine. He has become an arranger, orchestrator, singer, actor and instrumentalist performing in numerous local productions and releasing 9 albums on his own over the years.
The latest offering by Albedo is the album Magitek released late last year. The 12 track record is a tribute album of sorts to the well-known video game Final Fantasy VI. Albedo puts a new age spin on the songs all to familiar to the gamers that have put in numerous hours on the addictive game. The songs range from the high energy of “Battle Theme” and “Techno De Chocoba” to the mellow and spacey sounds of “Terra”. “Spinach Rag” adds a sound of classic player piano from the old west to the eclectic mix. The perfect closer for the album is the orchestral “Dancing Mad”. It has a little of everything to showcase the abilities of this innovative artist. To hear more of Albedo’s work check out: http://www.albedomusic.com
CalatrilloZ are a operatic metal/progressive rock quintet hailing from London. Indie Guru are working with them trying to get them more exposure – which is something this band certainly deserve as they have created their own inspiring creative sound which is enthralling, exciting and intriguing! Once you give them a listen you will succumb to their charm and awe..
To try and uncover the mysterious and ever intriguing enigmas that comprise the unique and adventurous act that is CalatrilloZ I questioned front man, Zahyin on their latest happenings and events..
For those who haven’t had the pleasure of listening to your music, how would you describe your sound?
Our sound is a storytelling blend of different styles under a Metal Umbrella. Maybe an operatic blend of Symphonic Metal and Progressive Rock. Its heavy, but very melodic, and the rhythm varies a lot. Everything works towards being epic and meaningful!
What made you decide to come up with a concept for the band and can you tell us a bit more about it?
It was not actually a decision. More of a happening. As I started writing the songs, I realized they went different places, but with a common element. The lyrics where all metaphors, and there was a very strong storytelling vein to them. I saw this character, Zahyin, as the perfect anti-hero to live those tales and tell them, and so I started weaving the world around this bitter time traveller, and finally came with the Grand Saga of the Evil Marionettes.
In the world of Calatrilloz, Zahyin and his troupe search for five marionettes ( string puppets ) infused with the souls of General Demons; a legacy from the great war between heaven and hell, that took place before humankind came to be. This gang of antiheroes run against time to stop the demons awakening, and thus save the world ( if they are good guys) or take control (if they are bad guys).
And so Calatrilloz the band came to be. Zahyin and four characters of the tale, telling their story through music on a stage.
Make sure one doesn’t miss the criticism of our society hidden in the metaphorical lyrics!
As part of your concept and to add to the mystery surrounding the band, you say you hide your true identities and speak through your characters, with that in mind what interesting things can you tell us about your character?
Zahyin is a time and space traveller. Wherever and whenever he wishes to be, there he is. A boy thrown into manhood by a life of difficulties, a bitter man with a set objective in mind. Zahyin is a man burdened by his own sins, a man that saw the end of times, and decided to change the destiny of mankind, on his own terms. Consider him a cold killer, a merciless strategist. He is also extremely charming and cunning; he is a man who literally saw it all.
You have recently released two new singles, ‘Lords Of Misery’ and ‘A Glimpse At A Fool’s Destiny’ and you have said you will be releasing a new single every month with 8 songs in total, how happy are you with how the songs been received so far? And what made you decide to release the songs like this?
Answering your first question, its hard to break through. The world of music today is taken over by moguls with money, looking for a quick profit than long term quality. That being said, everyone that listens the singles like them, even critiques come out nicely.
The reason to release single by single is explained by the reality of music in these days. Lets say I record an album; I have a big bang and lots of promotion, but soon the album is old news, and nowadays thats two months maximum of exposure. Now, if I release single by single, each of them with their own big band, I got a chain reaction, and a concept album being the end target.
Thats the main reason, another is because of our concept soul. Its easier to focus on a story at a time ( a song ) that release everything at once and try and fail to make sense of it all.
I hear you are working on a music video for ‘A Glimpse At A Fool’s Destiny’, which you have released a short teaser video for, how is it coming along and can you give us a insight into this fantasy tale come to life?
That seems to be a confusion here. The teaser of Glimpse was for the single yet to come. It was a showcase of the song before its release. At the moment, our focus, if we are talking about videos, is to release the saga videos. These are small windows into the tales of Zahyin and their troupe. We are finishing the first storyboard, and soon we will start producing them in series. At first they will be short videos, budget is not ideal, so we need to compromise. When CalatrilloZ gets warmer, I know opportunities will come and I will take them.
Now I must confess, A Glimpse at a Fool’s Destiny is the song for a fantastical videoclip, but my ideas will be kept hidden till I have the chance to output them!
What has the song writing and recording process has been like with the new material?
Some of these songs had demos recorded of them. So we can call them half new, with some actual new songs coming ahead.
Carina, the fact is there was a Calatrilloz before, different from the CalatrilloZ we have now. Before it was careless, four minds trying to move forward by pushing each in a different direction, a gruesome Frankenstein. This time, its different. A Mozart spirit landed , and each melody, each bar, each riff, each second of the song was planned. It felt like writing epicness and majesty. A pleasant appearance with a witty core, elegance and boldness in each and every phrase, not a moment of unintended emptiness.
It felt like my soul as a composer was getting finally satisfied.
You are signed with Glory and Honour record label, how are things going with them so far?
That is something good to talk about. Glory and Honor is no longer our label, in fact it never was. The idea was when the singles came out, we would promote them together. But in between the deal being signed and the singles being released, my world came apart three times in a year, and the whole thing got delayed. Now its no longer a reality.
You are getting a lot of attention and success recently, such as closing deals with promotion agencies, how does this make you feel? And what have been some highlights so far?
I have two ways of answering this question, one like a self promoting looser, making big waves out of a glass of water, or a grounded strategist, seeing things how they really are. Will go always for the second one. This companies invited us to take part with them, but they do come with a cost, nothing comes free anymore, there is no more investment in a world yet to be.
Its thrilling to know that finally we are doing what we should have been doing from the very start; a professional approach. The results are just the beginning, and I am not even close to be satisfied. I will push more and more and bleed water from stone.
The real game for a second in the spotlight is yet to start; but I tell you something, once I step in, it will spread beyond imagination.
Have you got any plans for an upcoming tour ahead?
First promotion; we have an US one and a Germany/Scandinavia promotion agencies. We need to raise the attention bar before we endeavor in touring. I have my eyes on North Europe, its the closest to us and I believe they will be charmed by us. And yes, US is a dream. Carina, I just have to put the very hard work first, than collect.
To anyone who hasn’t yet witnessed your live performances, what can attending fans expect from the show?
Ohhh, that will change your idea of a live show. CalatrilloZ dont make speeches, we don’t have beer breaks. From the moment we step in, till the moment we step out, its a show, and the characters of the tale are playing it out for you. Openings, interludes, special effects, the costumes, make-up; no one wants to play after us. They all look lacking.
In other words, I will be giving what I would like to receive; I don’t want to see a couple of dudes playing their music, on their jeans or t-shirts. I don’t to know how they would sound like for the rest of the show in the first five seconds of their first song. Being predictable has its space in American Idol, of X-factor. I want to be surprised with each and every song. And that’s what I am giving in a show. You won’t know what is coming next.
Is there anything yourself or your mysterious character would like to share with us or add?
Yes, and this is important. In this world today, if you like something, shout out loud. There is no way a band like us will break through the barriers imposed by the Pop moguls, if we don’t get the face book likes, the FREE downloads, fans joining the mailing list.
I not asking for money, just for 5 secs, once, to click a like button, to download the Free song, and to vote for us whenever its needed.
Cost you nothing and means the world for us. Or, prepare yourself for a decade of Justin Biebers and shit just like that. Nothing that comes easy can be good!
What else is in store for CalatrilloZ in 2014?
I am yet to find out. We have the eight singles, that will converge in the concept album. a number of Saga videos, telling the stories of the characters, and who knows, maybe soon I will be playing in a stage very close to you.
I think big things are to come for this band so to keep up to date with CalatrilloZ and their latest music on their site:
Check out a review of their two latest singles:
Many different kinds of messages are delivered through real music. When there is a real meaning behind a song becomes much more than just a short lived pop track. Teaching and inspiring through song has been around for a long while but I was intrigued by the new way that our newest find CST/Da Bronze Bomber preached his message.
The Louisville, Kentucky based rapper has a gritty, in your face lyrical style that is quite different than much of the hip hop out there today. Instead of spitting about guns, hos, and money, Da Bronze Bomber preaches about God and living a positive Christian life. He has performed everywhere where there was a group ready to listen and has seen the issues and struggles of his audience. This led him to his goal of steering people away from the infatuation with stardom and instead to see the life they can lead taking Jesus as their example.
The latest release by CST is the strong #AllThatMatters. The beats are there to blend with the current state of rap but the message stands out as different. Opening with “Christ State Of Mind” lets you know right away where CST stands while still making the song relatable and enjoyable. He shows a respect for his influences with “@1999flow”. The smooth lyrics over a simple groove get right to the point. “Rock Rock On” continues the flow with head bopping grooves alongside meaningful lyrics meant to inspire and motivate everyone he knows. There is something for everyone here who enjoys a good lyricist putting words together to relay his message through song. Get a listen to CST/Da Bronze Bomber at: www.cst313.bandcamp.com