We’re just starting a new feature over here on The Audio Perv called Unsigned Spotlight where we’ll try to let you know about an up and coming band or artist who’s ready to explode or they just make some really cool music. Today, we focus on Scarlet Grey. Learn about Scarlet Grey below:
Pieced together from the states of California, New York and Washington, pop-rockers Scarlet Grey now collectively hail from Los Angeles. Members Benjamin Grey (lead vocals/guitar), Keith Cooper (drums/vocals/production), Pete Emperador (bass/vocals), and Cole Martin (lead guitar/vocals) released their debut album â€œBlackâ€ in US and Japan in 2008, but are now gearing up for the release of their newest product, â€œFancy Blood.â€ Boasting the same signature classic songwriting, larger-than-life melodies and pop resonance as its predecessor, â€œFancy Bloodâ€ embodies all that has made Scarlet Grey a southern California powerhouse, and an online global commodity. Not only does the new record feature guest appearances by AFIâ€™s Davey Havok and production work by Jade Puget, but the four-piece have been supporting AFI on tour in preparation for the summer release of â€œFancy Blood.â€ Having previously played with the likes of Saosin, Yellowcard, Rooney, After Midnight Project and others, Scarlet Grey are no strangers to the stage, and are poised to win over all who lend them an ear.
The Dirty Heads new album Any Port In A Storm – Special Edition is finally here and available in-stores and online. The highly anticipated record features the chart topping single “Lay Me Down” as well as the upbeat fan favorite “Stand Tall.” You can stream the album in its entirety at DirtyHeads.com NOW and check out Billboard.com‘s must read review of the lead single “Lay Me Down”.
Check out The Dirty Heads on tour with Sublime with Rome and pick up the band’s debut album via EMG at Best Buy for a price that can not be beat, only $7.99 (including free shipping)! Any Port In A Storm is also available for download now at iTunes.
The Dirty Heads are also allowing anyone to download a free track off of their upcoming special edition release of Any Port In A Storm! The free mp3 of “I Got No Time” can be found at the Dirty Heads official bandcamp page. Download the track now!
The So Cal locals will be stopping by Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform their breakout single “Lay Me Down” on May 13th! Tickets will be available to the general public free of charge at www.1iota.com. Check your local listings for airtimes and make sure to tune in on ABC to watch The Dirty Heads give their first televised late night performance!
Head over to the Dirty Heads official YouTube page and watch the bands first of many to come tour blogs. Jared talks about the tour with Sublime with Rome thus far and thanks all of the fans for their amazing support!
Jason Castro’s self-titled debut is out today via Atlantic Records! Head over to his official site to watch a special release day video blog straight from the season 7 American Idol alum. Jason will be supporting the album on the road when he embarks on his first major, headlining tour which kicks off April 17th in his hometown of Dallas.
Be sure to tune in to The Ellen DeGeneres show on April 22 to catch a performance of Jason’s single “That’s What I’m Here For” and check out some album reviews below.
Entertainment Weekly: The American Idol season 7 finalist’s debut album comes on like an early spring day. You can feel the sun shining through hummable tracks like “closer,” but hints of a harsher season remain on “It Matters to Me” and the heartbreaking “You Can Always Come Home.” (FYI: The deluxe version, with six extra tracks, is well worth springing for.)
US Weekly: Dreadlocked Jason Castro gently strummed his way to fame as the third runner-up on American Idol’s 2008 season. The singer and guitarist’s debut album offers more samples of his light, Jason Mraz-esque pop sound, and includes his lauded Idol version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” And Castro, who just wed longtime girlfriend Mandy Mayhall in January, fills much of the CD with tender lyrics about love.
Jason Castro Deluxe Track List
1. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Just Fall In Love Again
2. This Heart Of Mine
3. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s What IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m Here For
4. Heart Of Stone
5. If I Were You
6. You Can Always Come Home (feat. Serena Ryder)
7. Love Uncompromised
9. All Wrapped Up
10. It Matters To Me
12. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Just Fall In Love Again (Acoustic Version)
13. Sweet Medicine
14. Over The Rainbow
New York-based band THE VANGUARD have just released their second EP Ã¢â‚¬â€œ aptly titled PLAYTIME! Ã¢â‚¬â€œ on April 13th. PLAYTIME! continues to build on the foursomeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s unique brand of fun-inducing indie-pop. Eloquent lyrics, big hooks, sing-along choruses and memorable melodies are VANGUARD standards, and PLAYTIME! does not disappoint.
To celebrate the release of PLAYTIME!, The Vanguard will be performing a special CD release show tonight at Piano’s in New York City. Also catch the band performing an intimate in-store performance at the Best Buy in Union Square (NYC) on Thursday April 15th!
Though THE VANGUARD has established itself firmly as a New York City band, the odds were not in the Big AppleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s favor. Perhaps the most unique characteristic of the band is its varied ethnicities. Aaron Lloyd Barr (vocals) is from Damascus, Virginia. He is joined by David Zawadzki (guitar/keys) of Przemysl, Poland, Rasko Ristic (bass) of Belgrade, Serbia and Luciano Rovner (drums) of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Together they form THE VANGUARD, a band that has truly been able to meld their individual influences and experiences from different corners of the earth into an art form.
Internationally, people have begun to take notice. THE VANGUARD played six noteworthy SXSW 09 showcases and topped it off with an overseas journey to the Exit Festival in Serbia as well as a UK tour. Stateside, their video for the first single, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Both Sides,Ã¢â‚¬Â has been in rotation on mtvU. Even SPIN.com calls the band buzz worthy due to its Ã¢â‚¬Å“bubbling melting pot of sounds, influences, and ethnic backgrounds.Ã¢â‚¬Â
After months of pinching pennies and milking overtime pay, The Press
pulled together some cash and hunkered down at The Fort in Bushwick to
document their most recent batch of songs in what will be their fifth
release with Goodnight Records since 2005. It was only after the final
mixes were agreed upon however, that the band realized that the album
later to be titled INTEOTWIJTEOAE (pronounced in-tee-aught-whit-e-ay) is,
above all, an album of transitions. There are songs of events smoothly
overlapping, the old fading casually into the new, while other songs
capture the violent, sparking convergence of profound, uninvited change.
There are stripmalls and subways, security gates and jackhammers,
termites and EntenmannÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s snacks, volcanoes, jellyfish and thimbles. There
are no lectures here, however; there is sympathy and reverence for every
subject addressed, and every assertion has a qualifying foil, often penned
by an alternate band member. The PressÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ commitment to collective
improvement is suggested in the bandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s self-described genre Ã¢â‚¬Å“Co-Op
Check out some reviews below as well as videos for the singles “Master” and “Jellyfish Wrangler.”
Knocks from the Underground – (10 out of 11 score) INTEOTWIJTEOAE, is a
true gem in the muddy swamp of Brooklyn music…It is impossible and
unfair to label this group as just one thingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦This band has far surpassed
boundaries other bands shy away from, meshing seemingly unconnected
sounds in surprising and supremely satisfying ways.
The Deli (INTEOTWIJTEOAE review) - a real artistic statement … Combining
flamboyant pop exuberance, punk melodies and the occasional moment
of delicate beauty, they step out from the crowd of recent baroque pop
bands …..giving every track a distinctly Press-like feel. Take the albumÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s
single Ã¢â‚¬ËœMasterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. ..itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s outrageously busy for a pop song, but still incites manic
arm-waving and fist-clenching joy on every listen
Fader/Tripwire – Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bless this MessÃ¢â‚¬Â – one perfect song youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll want to kick
most days off with from this day forward
Charleston Post & Courier (review of NSB EP)- …so [The Press] created one
of the most innovative and provocative records of the year. Standing
somewhere on the edge of genius and insanity, The Press spits out an
explosively disruptive sound that is peacefulness and unease, but catchy
singles remain intact.
NOW Magazine Toronto (NXNE Preview) – Their chances for success are
high and their up-tempo, unpretentious and fun, fun, fun pop melodies
are catchy enough to spark and spread like wildfire…
1. Master – (3:11)
2. Fine China – (3:13)
3. Pattern Mill – (4:22)
4. The Continental Divide – (3:00)
5. Dropped from Airplanes – (1:12)
6. The Rack – (5:27)
7. Roc, Wraith, Harpe – (3:07)
8. Bless this Mess – (3:36)
9. Big Boss, Little Boss – (4:31)
10. Pineapple Rabbits – (3:50)
11. Jellyfish Wrangler – (5:30)
4/19 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL*
4/9 – Knapps Underground – Bennington, VT
4/21 – The Jester – Ojai, CA
4/10 – Radio Bean – Burlington, VT
4/22 – The Joint – Los Angeles, CA
4/12 – Littlefield – Brooklyn,NY#
4/23 – San Diego,CA
4/13 – Great Scott – Boston, MA*
4/24 – The Prospector – LongBeach, CA
4/14 – Cousin LarryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s – Danbury, CT*
5/6 – Spike Hill – Brooklyn, NY
4/15 – Club Hell – Providence, RI*
5/7 – Clash Bar – Clifden, NJ
4/16 – Cali BrewHaus – Rochester, NY*
6/19 – PAs Lounge – Somerville,MA
4/17 – Sneaky Dees – Toronto, ON*
#with Chew Lips (UK)
4/18 – MacÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bar – Lansing, MI*
* tour with The Gay Blades
Paper Tongues‘ Self-titled debut album is available everywhere today! The album features 10 revolutionary tracks that are influenced by rock, funk, rap, and soul, including their hit single “Ride To California.” Another song off the album, “Trinity” is available for free as iTunes’ “Single of the Week.” Head over to iTunes now to grab the track along with the rest of the album, in stores now!
Head over to the band’s online store to check out their exclusive album packages and for more information on Paper Tongues and current tour dates, visit the band’s MySpace Page or their official website at www.papertongues.com.
Self-titled track list:
2) For The People
3) Ride To California
4) Get Higher
5) What If
8) Strongest Flame
9) Rich and Poor
10) Love Like You
Albany pop-punk trio Young & Divine have released their debut, self-titled EP today on RCA Records. Featuring the infectious first single “Shake That Bubble” along with standout tracks “Weakdays” and “Strangers By Day,” the EP samples what is to come on the band’s forthcoming full-length release this later this year. The tracks are a blast of positive energy and amped up rock that will leave fans wanting more.
Jake, JP and Joe could not be more excited about the release so check out a very special video message from the band. Head over to iTunes to grab the EP today and visit YoungandDivine.com for upcoming tour dates.
You Me At Six‘s second full-length album, Hold Me Down, is available everywhere today! The band’s new album features 12 new songs that are composed of soaring hooks and irresistible melodies, including the breakthrough track “Underdog.” Head over to iTunes today to grab Hold Me Down, produced by John Mitchell (Funeral For A Friend, Enter Shikari, Architects) and Matt OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Grady (The Blackout, Hexes).
1) The Consequence
3) Playing the Blame Game
4) Stay With Me
5) Safer to Hate Her
6) Take Your Breath Away
7) Liquid Confidence
8) Hard to Swallow
9) Contagious Chemistry
10) There’s No Such Thing As Accidental Infidelity
11) Trophy Eyes
Serj Tankian, a Grammy Award winner and one of rockÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most unconventional frontmen, will perform Elect the Dead Symphony Ã¢â‚¬â€ a very special orchestral interpretation of TankianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s critically acclaimed solo debut Elect the Dead Ã¢â‚¬â€ for two very special live shows to take place this summer.
Tankian will recreate Elect the Dead Symphony Ã¢â‚¬â€ which had its dynamic inaugural performance at New ZealandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s majestic Auckland Town Hall with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in March 2009 Ã¢â‚¬â€ with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Chastain Park Amphitheater on July 9th in Atlanta, and with an orchestra put together by The Greek Theatre on July 30th at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The shows follow a series of symphonic performances Tankian is giving in Europe in June.
We recently had a chance to send over some questions to Serj about System Of A Down, his poetry, relations with Turkey and Armenia, his upcoming solo album and more. Check it all out below:
The Audio Perv: Shavo, John and Daron have performed together at a few events over the last year. Though you’re currently on hiatus, would you ever consider performing live with them together as System Of A Down again as opposed to recording new music with them?
Serj Tankian:We have never closed the door on working together in the future and that still remains.
I would not be opposed to doing a special concert or maybe even a tour pending the correct circumstances and time. However I am currently in the middle of a very busy year with the release of the Elect the Dead Symphony, orchestral shows to accompany that, the release of my 2nd solo album and subsequent touring for that and the opening of the musical Prometheus Bound.
The Audio Perv: You just released Elect The Dead Symphony on CD/DVD. Do you have a timetable as to when you’d like to release your next solo record?
Serj Tankian:WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re hoping to have my 2nd solo album out by late summer (Aug-Sept). My second solo album is electronic, orchestral (live orchestra), jazz and rock all at the same time. It is a sound IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never heard before, and for me, borderless. I still havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t settled on a title name for the record. It is a very powerful and intriguing record with many layers. Yet itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also memorable in the way good songwriting should be. Some of my favorite records are so compelling that they require multiple listens to try to figure out whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on. It sports a huge wall of sound, depth, and the maturity of a seasoned artist, so IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m told :)
The Audio Perv: What are you most proud of in your music career: System Of A Down, your solo record, your live performance with the symphony, or your record label Serjical Strike?
Serj Tankian:IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m quite happy with all of the different albums, collaborations, solo efforts and performances that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been a part of. Every year I up the ante on what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to accomplish. My highest point with System would be the political and genocide awareness work along with collaboratively creating music that was both experimental and popular. Elect the Dead, my solo record, gave me the confidence and personal drive to go at it alone and continue to say that things that I wanted to say with the music while making the rock record IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always dreamed of making. The Elect the Dead Symphony gave me a new high with the orchestra and dreaming up new sounds for my palette. And finally my next solo record will be the culmination of everything that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve learned and created from System to now, introducing a new type of music altogether.
The Audio Perv: You were voted the #26 greatest metal vocalist of all time by Hit Parader magazine. How do you feel about you and System Of A Down’s place in metal? Is that something you care about?
Serj Tankian:Awards, especially ones based on people voting are always compliments, though the award itself has no real intrinsic value in what I do for a living.
The Audio Perv: You used to use your music to support your political views heavily when in System Of A Down. Would you say that your music now still carries a heavy political theme?
Serj Tankian:Most definitely. With System Of A Down I was always reigned in from getting Ã¢â‚¬Å“too political.Ã¢â‚¬Â
With my solo efforts, I reign myself in for not getting political enough :)
Look with both system and my solo efforts I write about a myriad of themes that inspire or affect me. From the political, to the personal, from the humorous to the absurd.
The Audio Perv: You’ve been very vocal about the recognition of the Armenian genocide of 1915. Do you think there is still a lot of Armenian animosity for the Turkish community? What actions would you consider appropriate in order to allow the two countries to coexist more peacefully?
Serj Tankian:Anytime that an injustice is not corrected, ill feelings with remain. So long as Turkey lies about its own history in committing a genocide in 1915, people of Armenian descent and others in the international community will find it hard to forgive and forget. When Turkey decides to take the high road and recognize the Genocide and pursue efforts in providing justice to those affected including the descendents of those who have suffered, the positive powers of healing can take effect. There can never really be forgiveness nor cooperation without the truth and positive intentions to repair the relationship. Just the opposite, Turkey has used the so called Ã¢â‚¬Å“ProtocolsÃ¢â‚¬Â with Armenia while simultaneously continuing its disinformation campaign in the U.S. and elsewhere. A good partner for peace must show true intentions, not political deviancy.
The Audio Perv: Is there any unreleased System Of A Down music that you could see coming out sometime in the near future?
Serj Tankian:Yes. There are some unreleased songs.
The Audio Perv: Do you have any plans on producing records for other bands?
Serj Tankian: I am helping out a band called Visa with some of their songs in that same respect, but full on production I have decided to reserve for my own records and/or projects that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m involved in as an artist.
The Audio Perv: You had written a poetry book, Cool Gardens, that was published in 2002. Though some of your songs are based off of your poetry, will you release another poetry book?
Serj Tankian:Yes. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m releasing my second poetry book next year (2011). The poems are already penned and set aside. A good friend of mine, Roger Kupelian, who is a digital painting wizard (Lord of the Rings to Alice in Wonderland and many Hollywood films) is doing the artwork as we speak.
The wait is finally over for Lifehouse fans – the band’s fifth studio album Smoke & Mirrors is on sale now. Smoke & Mirrors, already the top-selling album on iTunes, showcases two sides of Lifehouse: songs like “Smoke & Mirrors,” “Wrecking Ball” and “Had Enough” capture the live, rock side of the band Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a sound they perfected after 10 years of solid touring Ã¢â‚¬â€œ while the tracks “All In,” “Here Tomorrow Gone Today” and the first single “Halfway Gone” are songs sure to be heard on the radio for years to come. “Halfway Gone” is currently climbing Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, and is number 2 on the Adult Top 40 chart. The music video is also number 1 this week on VH1′s fan-generated Top 20 Countdown.
Smoke & Mirrors is available now in stores and online in both a standard and a deluxe edition, which features a bonus disc with additional material. After appearing on the Tonight Show during Conan O’Brien‘s final days as host, Lifehouse will return to the Tonight Show on Thursday, March 4th to help kick off Jay Leno’s first week back. The band will also begin a nationwide tour with Daughtry and Cavo in Baltimore, MD on March 18th. Visit LifehouseMusic.com for tour dates and details, as well as additional updates from the band.