They say lucky breaks are not by chance but are made by hard work. Sometimes a band appears on the scene seemingly out of nowhere and everything starts to happen for them. Truth is that this band has probably been working there ass off for years and is finally getting what they deserve. One band that has started to get the exposure that they deserve is NO.
The Los Angeles based NO has made all the right connections and now seems to be everywhere. The band includes the three Jarzabek brothers; Tim, Mike, and Nick and bass player Justin Corman. You may even know NO from their episode of the Howie Mandel primetime Fox show “Mobbed”. NO’s episode was called ‘Brawling Brothers’ and also featured Art Alexakis lead singer of Everclear. The band even got to perform their single ‘Meet Me After Dark’ on the show to a national audience. Now that is great exposure. More impressive is that NO has done everything on their own without any help from a record label or management team. The band sold 10,000 iTunes downloads of MEET ME AFTER DARK all on their own. NO came to Los Angeles 6 years ago from a small logging town in North Idaho with no money but a strong desire to succeed. Hard work pays off.
Last year the band released their 2nd album Roll to a waiting audience. The fun and mesmerizing pop rock record has gained the band even more followers. The title track ‘Roll’ is a rolling song comparable to bands like Arctic Monkeys and maybe The Killers. They show they can slow it down too with the song ‘I’m There’. The vocals are sweet and melt the listeners ears with sugary heat. Now NO is set to release a new album called Lifeline and new music video coming out on April 18, 2013. Things are really about to blow up for this band. Go jump on the bandwagon while there is still room at: www.NOtheband.com
When choosing a name for you band or your brand it is always a good idea to pick something that relates to what makes you stand out from the crowd. Creating that name recognition to your fans right from the start can put you ahead of all the other artists vying for those fans attention. When this comes to mind, one artist that pops into my head is 2Tallin’.
Travis Huff is 2Tallin’. He just happens to be 6’8”! That is what you call capturing your most recognizable asset and turning it into a calling card that new fans will not be able to forget. 2Tallin’s style is a mix of old school clean hip hop and the futuristic party rock of today. His aim to make something different but still appealable to the masses has been achieved with every track I have heard so far. It is easy to see that Travis has a true passion for what he does both in front of the mic performing and behind the scenes producing. His goals are more than just fame and fortune; he also gives back to the community hoping to empower future generations of musicians by providing them with instruments, recording time, songwriting skills, and helping promote their music.
Last year 2Tallin’ released the impressive Future Vs. Retro mixtape which really started to make a name for the rising star. Tracks off that record such as the sweet ‘All I Ask’ (featuring Danielle Rondero) and the futuristic EDM party rock of ‘California Girls’ show that 2Tallin’ can reach out into the different genres of music and create hits on both sides of the spectrum. My favorite off that album has to be ‘Rockstar’. I must admit when I first hit play I was expecting another version of the same old “look at me” song with that title but 2Tallin’ truly brought it with a hypnotizing slowed down back beat behind an impressively strong rap without the attack. We were able to get a sneak peek of his latest hot track ‘Loco Boy’ featuring two more of his talented friends 2Kan and Reapa. The grinding beat will work its way into your head like a buzz saw and just won’t leave. Enjoy the video here:
If you are ready for the next thing in California futuristic party hip hop go enter 2Tallin’s world at: http://www.2TALLIN.com/
One of my favorite things in music is when a band mixes a bunch of different genres and influences together to create their own personal style. There is nothing groundbreaking but when a group has the balls to be original and not just become part of the overcrowded popular mold that is too common in today’s music scene, it sets them apart. We have found a group of guys that are innovative enough to take these risks in FreePeople.
The group based in Dana Point, California is heavily influenced by different areas of popular music, taking the best parts of hip hop and pop-rock and sprinkling in a heavy dose of R&B to create something that is original but could still feel welcome on mainstream radio. This is not just a bunch of guys with no musical talent using a bunch of samples and studio tricks to produce music, these guys play their own instruments. Jeremy Nelson plays drums as well as providing vocals, Nhoj Solares plays keys as well as writing lyrics and Tim Fiddes holds down the guitars. FreePeople state that music is their way of life. They are open enough to share their expressions, feelings, emotions, happiness, success, failures, passion, energy, strengths, weaknesses, devotion, and love on every song.
In the last month FreePeople has released a bunch of music to the word in single form that is starting to gain them some attention. The song ‘Never Meant To Be’ begins as a love song ballad before blasting into a dance track with a super catchy background of sound. Halfway through there is even an impressive rap flow to showcase how this group can touch any genre of music within the same song while still keeping the song cohesive. FreePeople move more toward hip hop on the track ‘HustleHard’. The walking keyboard line drives the listener to remain engaged while the lyrics take you into the mindset of a talented lyricist. My personal favorite has to be the party track ‘Rock Your Body’. I found my head bobbing to the beat within the first ten seconds of the song. This is a song full of energy that could be reminiscent of a Black Eyed Peas or LMFAO song but still with meaningful love song lyrics. hear it here:
Many bands form one week and think they are ready for the main stage a week later. Even with great musicians, it is just not that easy to get a full band in sync without a lot of practice. When a band is willing to put in the work before they introduce themselves to the world, it can really pay off. A good example of this is our latest find Urban Spirit.
The Coventry, UK based indie rock band formed back in the Spring of 2010. Their goal was to develop a professional set of original songs before they ever hit a stage. Finally in early 2011 Urban Spirit brought their show to the people with gigs around Coventry and Birmingham. They have been getting positive reviews since and seem to be on the road to success. These guys know how to get attention and are now going full steam ahead.
So far Urban Spirit has only recorded a few songs but we were able to get an early listen. ‘The Times’ is a straight ahead rock song with a wall of sound provided by a tight band of quality musicians. There is a lot going on here as lead singer Adam Collins belts out an inspired performance. Jack Brady also shares an impressive guitar solo on this one. The song ‘One Step Closer’ is another powerful rock performance that will get inside the listeners head before he knows what hit him. The standout track so far has to be ‘Rock N Roller’. This is so much sound coming from just four guys it seems unnatural. Every piece of the sonic spectrum is explored as your body is sucked in to the groove.
This is a great start for the boys from Coventry and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for Urban Spirit. Go get a listen for yourself at: http://www.urban-spirit.co.uk
It is a common story for one member of a group to breakaway for a little while to do a solo project. This does not mean the demise of the group but instead creates an outlet for an idea that one musician had that just does not fit well within the group dynamic. Instead of trying to force one’s new approach down the throats of the other group members creating a rift it is better to do it on your own sometimes. We have a great example of this with hip hop odd woman out Stori Brooks.
Also a prime member of North Star Music Group, whom we have written about before, the South Carolina native Stori Brooks has broken out on her own to show a different side of her sound. She has been involved in music since childhood due to her classically trained pianist mother sharing her talents from the beginning. Stori has always had a lot to say and obtained an English degree to help her express her thoughts in words. This is no street corner rapper. She has garnered much attention in her current hometown of Atlanta and has been exposing her sound far and wide. She has even caught the attention of hip-hop legend Big Daddy Kane who describes Stori as, “Having the package… the voice is crazy and her style is refreshing.”
Indie Band Guru was able to get an advance listen to Stori Brooks’ latest solo track ‘An Aside’. It is an amazingly spooky journey through sound. This is not your run of the mill hip hop. There is a minimalist instrumental feel with short bursts of sound to keep the listener mesmerized to Stori’s lyrics. It seems that she was inspired by watching someone hard at work and the thoughts that could be going through their head. This insight into Stori’s process is welcome and warm even though the track has a cold harsh feel to it. Her vivid wordplay will have you hitting repeat on the song just to make sure you didn’t miss anything the first time.
We were able to convince Stori Brooks to let our readers get an exclusive premiere of ‘An Aside’. Enjoy it here:
Feel free to go download the track now at: http://storibrooks.bandcamp.com/track/an-aside-by-stori-brooks
Everyone that visits us here at Indie Band Guru is a true music lover passionate about the sounds that amazing artists are able to create. We love to write about this music and share it with the world. Unfortunately, sometimes we get too into the music and end up writing a novel for you to read just to find out more about the album. We have found a friendly alternative to our long form reviews. Welcome Beardfood to our pleasant network of music writers.
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