If this is the first time you’re hearing of Clio Cadence, it certainly won’t be the last. The Texas rock newcomer, who made her solo debut earlier this year with a striking post-hardcore cover of Billie Eilish’s “You Should See Me In A Crown”, is no stranger to the stage. The former frontwoman of pop-rock band Love Past Blue, she’s toured all over – and all before turning 18 earlier this year. She’s also currently opening for Dead Girls Academy and Alive In Barcelona on a major national tour that no doubt has opened more than a few eyes. In short, Cadence’s obvious singing talent and electric, upbeat personality work well in her favor.
Currently working on her upcoming debut solo album with Michael Orlando (Dead Girls Academy), Alex Asche (Dangerkids), and Cameron Webb (Megadeth, Kelly Clarkson), Cadence stopped by the Brass Mug in Tampa, Florida to chat with us about her upcoming solo debut, working with Michael Orlando, the new Tool album that drops later this month, and much, much more. Give it a listen below, and special thanks goes out to Cameron Oliver, who made a special guest appearance too.
It’s been a great year for rock and metal music, to be sure. With absolutely huge new records from the likes of newcomers Brutus and Germany prog metallers Unprocessed, as well as major veteran acts like Falls Of Rauros and the return of Tool with their first new album in 13 years, it’s a great time to be a fan of riffs. This isn’t even discussing Slipknot yet, who are projected to top the Billboard charts in the USA early next week, and with their new album We Are Not Your Kind, have knocked off a major superstar to top the charts in the UK.
Acclaimed cinematic/electronic rock band Starset have built up a huge amount of hype for themselves over just two records to date, and for good reason. Their brand of electronic rock has managed to cement the band as an in-demand festival act with major crossover potential, and their 2018 signing to Fearless Records only continues to echo that notion. Cinematic in nature, the band takes influences from lots of obvious electronic and modern rock acts to create something that’s very special.
It should be no surprise that the band’s new single, “Manifest”, will likely follow in the same familiar footsteps as huge singles like “My Demons” and “Monster”. “Manifest” is the exciting first single from Starset’s upcoming 3rd record, Divisions, which is due out in September via Fearless. The new song arrives ahead of the band’s headlining tour that also starts in September – see all dates below.
Though he chooses to remain under the radar for reasons of his own choosing, Ben Sharp, AKA Cloudkicker, has remained one of the more intriguing progressive rock/metal projects of the last 10+ years. The one-man project has released a number of critically acclaimed albums over the years (we’d recommend the more ambient Let Yourself Be Huge or his 2010 sophomore album Beacons for a solid example of Cloudkicker’s sound), and while Sharp doesn’t tour, he did make an exception that resulted in the stunning live album collaboration with Intronaut in 2015. However, it’s been 4 years since 2015’s Woum was a bit…underwhelming. Of course, that can be forgiven considering the quality that preceded the record – and it seems that Sharp is back to form on Unending, which saw a surprise release August 15th on Bandcamp.