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Emo alternatives A RIVER RUNS THRU IT formed just a couple of years ago, releasing a couple of singles to their namesake. Coming aside from those singles, will be the band's debut full-length album, with the band being active as possible with playing shows and touring across the North West for starters come the summer! The band goes on to talk more about their music, energy and aggression towards the creativity behind all of it.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

A River Runs Thru it started about two years ago. It consists of Milan Garcia-guitars, Joey Smith (my brother)- Guitars, Cody Pederson- Bass, and Michael Smith (myself) - vocals. We used to have a drummer (Nathan Haines) but he had to leave due to other things going on his life unfortunately. Currently we have Kayleigh Schutte of Subtle Moments filling in for drums and Anthony Vesco of Hibernator recorded the drums for our new single "I've Got A Bad Feeling". Milan, Joey, and I had always been close childhood friends growing up. We all shared a strong common interest that drove the bond we've made together and that was music naturally. Milan and joey went to high school with Cody Pederson and the three grew close over the years so i met Cody through those two. Cody had actually never even played bass before he joined the band but he picked it up so fast we had to keep him. I mean really it's a pretty simple history with the band; we all grew up together, and we always dreamed of creating something special together. So one day we were like fuck it let's jam some shit until something we like comes out.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

The band is actually named after the movie "A River Runs Through It". the movie is about two brothers growing up in Missourian, MT and the film just shows all the ups and downs those two brothers went through as they progressed through the trials of life into adulthood. Our band is based out of Montana so that movie has a special place in our hearts which led to the decision to name the project after it.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Our band is based out of Butte, MT. The music scene here definitely has its ups and downs but the local bands that we share this scene with are like family to us. We all help each other out and it’s really a blessing to have other bands to work with that are so supportive of each other. I think people should definitely check out some of these bands! I would recommend taking a look at:

Subtle Moments
Hibernator
Shellshock lullaby

All of us have worked with these groups over the years and it really has been amazing.

4. How would you describe your style?

Oh man this question always gets us for sure. We really dip our hands in quite a few different genres. It's kind of a mixture of post-hardcore, hardcore, pop-punk, and emo. We have so many different bands that have given us inspiration over the years like Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Underoath, The Wonder Years, Everytime I Die, and Brand New. Plus so many more I'm not thinking of at the moment.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

So far we have released two singles: "Cody" and "I've Got A Bad Feeling". As far as what to expect, We always write about the different problems we face in life. we want to give people something they can relate to. If a song we write helps someone out of that tough time then we feel the job has been
done. Expect songs that people can have fun and relate to from a group of friends that just enjoy playing those songs.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We are currently writing a full 8-10 song album that will be recorded in the coming months with Kevin Newland. So we will have a lot more releases being prepared soon. I think a lot of people will enjoy these songs we all have really put our hearts into this writing process.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We plan to stay as active as possible. We will be doing some touring in the North West this summer and we are always looking for new places to play and are willing to jump on any show anyone is willing to have us on.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

We just plan to stay as active as possible. there have been times where it seems like we just are not doing a lot and as a band you should always be looking at your next move or it just doesn't go anywhere. We want to reach out and play as much as we can in the coming years. As long as we can get out there and connect with new people and progress together as a group things will fall into place.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

We are on a lot of streaming sites such as Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, Bandcamp, and Reverbnation. and we will be launching our website for web orders on merch ASAP. You will be able to find the website posted on all of our social media accounts.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Just remember that we put work into each song with as much love and care for the listener as possible. These songs belong to the listener. Without them we could never hope to achieve a thing. Thanks for listening and I hope these songs end up meaning as much to you as they do to us.


Being known previously as BlaK, for quite sometime actually. The band came to the realization that a variety of bands would use this same name as well. So a change would occur and the band would now be called BlaK Sunday releasing an all new EP, taking the "Self-Titled" approach with accompanying single track titled "Our War". The lead single track has that powerful punch of attitude and straight on aggression if not progressiveness as well. The band combines the likes of deathrock, post punk, and gothic rock, to create a style that is original. It would sound slightly like The Misfits crossed with Dommin. The other tracks off this EP release like "Chaos Lover", and "She", showcase this slight similarity having that edgy and angst of energy that has a lot of spunk to it. A lot of the other tracks included are "live" material tracks one being "Chaos Lover", with the other being one called "Midnight". Hearing such tracks in the live perspective creates a vibration that is truly all about the hype. The tone of the music just becomes more out there, give or take just lots of momentum really. The whole circle of this EP is just filled to the brim with non-stop energy. BlaK Sunday may not be who they once were known beforehand, but this time around they will be remembered for a new beginning that will carry their music creativity even further than ever before, due to this chance of pace.


NoTeVaGustar or NTVG for short, have been on the celebration trip of 25 years for a while now. Releasing an all new album to boot, called "Other Songs", a lot of their classic works of songs, and those that may not get noticed so well, have been reinterpreted within this album of a release. Take an intimate way of using acoustic instrumentation as the base structure and you get an album that is fundamental at all costs and purely grounded. Such very few of the tracks off this album would include the like as "Comodin", "Al Vacio", "Chau", "Clara", and "Poco", to say some of the lot. Each one being original and really interesting to say the least. These playing off as being a lot like one another but very original as well. The energy of the music is catching and upbeat at all times of play. In other words, these tracks along with the rest, just keep the music in check and play at all times. Vocals and instruments are well played out, making the music soar, sounding very powerful and bracing at times. This Latin style of rock music is crafty yet very fun. The songs feel as a refresher upon hearing them, just taking in all the angst and performance tactics that make them stick.

http://notevagustar.com/


Leiva is upon his fourth album to date titled "Nuclear". This solo artist takes upon the genres that are pop rock with Latin influences. A lot of his tracks include some that have gotten a spread said about then, like "Do Not Worry About Me", "Wolves", "In Space", and the title track "Nuclear". Each of these combine that pop rock essence with Latin influence and vocal use, that really makes the music its own identity of pureness. The energy of the music really gives way, creating this tone that brims along the lines of other Latin solo artists and acts alike. Leiva's style is not him as being such a great instrumentalist but a vocalist too. Each of these tracks is truly different and unique from another, which is very much true in all accounts of the material off "Nuclear". Some may sound similar in ways but only ever so slightly at times really. It's the way of the actual music that makes it work so lovingly at times. You just never get bored with it but enjoy it more and more with each play through. Same has to go for the rest of the material off this album Leiva likes to call "Nuclear".

https://www.leivaweb.es/


For the next 30 minutes, solo artist Eljuri will captivate you with her reggaeton style of music that is truly out of this world. Take for instance "Resiste", this album's title track and first single causes such an uproar of acceptance that many discusses it's meaning, the music, and so much more surrounding it.

Like take how Eljuri goes into discussion about the lead track here called “Resiste”, she goes on saying how the root of the problem is the behavior of the people who are in power. Something along those, going on more so to say how she encourages us to persist against that fear and hatred that is being spread by the corruption happening now. Her reggae styling of music is not just the one outsourced genre but it meets a funky tone of style as well.

Not only does “Resiste”, tend to stand out the most off this album in itself called “Resiste”, but other tracks off this release do some standing on their own as well. “Bangbang”, “Una Ola”, and “Empuja”, are a few, that keep this tone that is very much funky reggae but mixed in with some ska similarities of music too. The use of horns, guitars, drums, and bass lines all connect so willingly, it works very well in her favor. Music is upbeat in tone, catchy, and just lots of fun when listening in.

“Resiste”, is for the most part, just a fun, outgoing time of an album, that Eljuri has created that really sends out, so many meaning’s and messages, within her lyrics and the music itself, that it becomes irresistible at times.

https://www.eljurimusic.com/


KRANTZ is Jeffrey Krantz and his band, whom bring together a combination of genres and uniqueness unlike any other band out there. They bring forth a psychedelic, pop, rock edginess that has a retro style of influence with a modern day touch, to create something that is as said prior unique. With this said of course, comes new music expected this summer and other plans in the current making as well. Find out what the band had to say about themselves and their music making process of creativity.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Well I usually am the lead guitar player of whatever band I’m in, but I’ve always been a primary songwriter too. In early 2016 I was getting fed up not being able to find a band I wanted to join, so I just decided I’d start one of my own. I just started recording songs on my own, and using friends who played instruments that I couldn’t. These songs eventually became the first self titled “Krantz” album released in October of 2016. I then grabbed a few buddies to form a band to start playing live. My keys player, Tee, has been with me since the beginning ,and our drummer, Adrian, not long after that.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

It’s actually just my last name. I hate thinking of band names, and I always thought my last name sounded cool, so I figured it’d be a good representation of myself, but still be able to be viewed as a band name, not a solo artist.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We are based out of Nashville, TN. It’s definitely an interesting scene here. Lots of music all over the place. Of course you have your country stuff, but there’s also quite a few rock bands. I like "Them Dirty Roses" and "The Tip" are good friends of mine. Also really close with "The Wildfeathers" who do kind of an alt country type thing.

4. How would you describe your style?

Alternative pop rock like think Weezer meets T Rex.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We have the first self-titled "Krantz" album, followed in 2018 by "the Pennock Tapes" EP, and our new album "Misty Morning Dew" will be out this summer. Expect to get some songs stuck in your head.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Yup, first single, "Misty Morning Dew" from the album of the same name will be released here in a couple weeks.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We play here in Nashville usually every other month or so, but we hit the road quite frequently. Gonna be out for a couple weeks in the Midwest here in the states starting June 27th.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

To keep releasing music and to tour Europe is at the top of my list!

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Krantzmusic.com has links to everything, but we’re all over social media @krantzmusic or you can find us on Spotify, Apple Music, and all the streaming services.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Most of our music is pretty happy sounding, so let’s just smile and love your neighbor as you’re jammin out to some Krantz tunes!


Mystic death metal act SYMBOLICAL have two full-lengths out, with a third album expected soon enough. Shows and a label should follow soon afterwards, with much more coming together. The band talks about their music and other matters as well.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

A long time ago in the beginning there was chaos ... Haha and who is interested in it? The story is
long and complicated. The most important thing in this story is the fact that Daray, a drummer from
Dimmu Borgir, heard something unusual in my music. And so we create today, and we will create.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Its easy. Everyone who listen Metal knows that the band Death have a great album - Symbolic. Name
of my band was "created" with Charles. He want to call us Symbolic, I added al. So we are...

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local
bands you could recommend?

We are from Poland. Metal from our country is valued over the whole world.

4. How would you describe your style?

Symbolical is playing Mystic Death Metal. Its a weight combined with pain and despair. Depression harmonizing with love. A scream of death bouncing off the empty walls.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

Two albums. "Collapse in Agony" and "Allegory of Death"! You can expect from us a lot of feelings mixed with heavy playing. Not for Metalheads only!

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

I have written demo of full alum a one EP.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

The Symbolical does not stop! In August, we record EP, which is the first part of the four stories
I have prepared for the listeners. Daray recorded drums 2 month ago. We'll finish the rest during
the summer. Next step is a full album. I want to record a third album in December. "Collapse in
Agony" and the second "Allegory of Death" albums are connected. Third album will be the
culmination of the trilogy. After recording everything, we will look for the label and concerts.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

As discussed above.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Everything is a on our YouTube channel. Merch is on Facebook page, where you can write a message and order what you want.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Feelings and sincerity!


Swedish metallers MY DARK RIFT have an all new single out and about, with even more newer music on the way! But that's not all, with releasing more music, playing live shows and the like, they want to evolve into an even further type of act, that becomes something epic and unstoppable! Discover how the band goes into chatter about all of this and more.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

We are a newly formed five-piece metal band from Stockholm, Sweden. Some of us played together in other bands before we formed My Dark Rift. This band actually started out as a ”fun side project” before it evolved into what it is today. We decided to go all-in when we realized that the songs we created actually kicked some serious ass.

The band consists of vocalist David Sundbom (ex-Skiller), guitarists Kristoffer Folin (Plan Three) and David Szücs (Degradead), bassist Mattias Lekborn (Furiam) and drummer Kenneth Holborn (ex-Degradead).

All songs are written by all of us together and later recorded, mixed and produced by our guitarist Kristoffer Folin at Purple Skull Music (Bad Wolves, Sonic Syndicate, Degradead, Ryan Roxie).

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

The name My Dark Rift came from the astronomical phenomenon known as the Great Rift (or sometimes the Dark Rift) the idea was to point out the connection between both the intimate scars that we carry in our human souls as well as the vastness of the rifts that runs straight through our galaxy. So there’s a deeper meaning behind the name AND it sounds pretty wicked.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We are based out of Stockholm, Sweden, and the metal scene here is on fire. We have so many cool metal and hard rock bands over here - Amon Amarth, Candlemass, Dark Funeral, Degradead, Entombed, Katatonia, Therion and Tiamat to name a few..

4. How would you describe your style?

It’s definitely some kind of metal, but we try our best not to limit ourselves to any specific sub-genre. We like to take bits and pieces from all heavier genres and stitch them together into new catchy little monsters.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We released our debut single "Make Me Stronger" earlier this year (February 22) and it was a real success - We got over 70.000 spins on Spotify in less than two months, and it placed #1 on the Swedish iTunes "All Genres" Chart. So that was really awesome!

We recently released our second single "Devil’s Thunder", and we are promoting it as hard as we can right now. You should check it out in case you missed it!

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Absolutely! Our third single will be released later this summer, followed by an EP in September. So we have many great things coming your way!

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Yes, we will start playing shows after the summer. Right now our main focus is to release and promote kick-ass music so that people will actually get interested and come to see us play live. That’s the evil genius plan.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

We plan to write and release more songs, start playing live shows, and hopefully evolve even further into something epic and unstoppable. We’re not in a hurry, so we can grow in a slow and steady pace.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can find our music on all popular music streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Deezer. We will also start selling a limited edition EP once it’s released later this year. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for release dates and pre-order information.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

The way they smiled when they realized that they just heard the most epic shit ever made. :)

Ok, let’s get a little more serious.. We’d like our listeners to appreciate that we’re not afraid to explore different nuances within the metal and hard rock arena. Every new song we release will be slightly different, from a genre perspective, and we hope that our listeners will enjoy that.


Even as they continue to create more music to reveal over the coming months, Nashville, TN based Alternative Rock Duo ICON FOR HIRE has revealed Summer dates for THE ICON ARMY TOUR. Launching July 19th in Atlanta, GA, the tour winds through the Mid and Southwest before finishing up on August 25th in Nashville, TN. Tickets and VIP Packages will be available at iconforhire.net.

TOUR DATES:

07/19 @ Hell - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
07/20 @ The Visulite Theatre - Charlotte, NC
07/21 @ Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
07/23 @ Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
07/24 @ Sonia - Boston, MA
07/25 @ TBA - Philadelphia, PA
07/26 @ Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
07/27 @ The A&R Music Bar - Columbus, OH
07/28 @ The Loving Touch - Ferndale, MI
07/30 @ Thompson House - Cincinnati, OH
07/31 @ Irving Theater - Indianapolis, IN
08/01 @ Subterranean - Chicago, IL
08/02 @ Gabes - Iowa City, IA
08/03 @ The Garage - Burnsville, MN
08/04 @ Roxy Bar - Shawnee, KS
08/06 @ Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
08/07 @ Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
08/09 @ El Corazon - Seattle, WA
08/10 @ Bossanova Ballroom - Portland, OR
08/12 @ Holy Diver - Sacramento, CA
08/13 @ Moroccan Lounge - Los Angeles, CA
08/15 @ Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
08/16 @ Rebel Lounge - Phoenix, AZ
08/17 @ Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
08/19 @ Club Dada - Dallas, TX
08/20 @ TBA - San Antonio, TX
08/21 @ House of Blues - Bronze Peacock - Houston, TX
08/23 @ Southport Hall - New Orleans, LA
08/25 @ TBA - Nashville, TN

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