When Michigan’s Fireworks announced an “indefinite hiatus” in 2015, it seemed to spell the premature end of one of punk/emo music’s most promising new acts. 2014’s Oh, Common Life saw the band juxtaposing frontman David Mackinder’s emotive tales of heartache and loss with an expanding musical pallet of indie rock influences — and just as they seemed poised for a breakthrough, they were gone.
The last couple years have seen a lot of change for Las Vegas’ sonically eclectic Amarionette. After undergoing a significant sound change, parting ways with their original vocalist, and recently seeing the departure of their longtime drummer, the band has continued to persevere with the release of their new “Evolution” EP, out on Friday, August 23. I spoke in-depth with guitarist Nick Raya about the band’s creative process, some of the new songs, and where they hope to go next.
It’s been nearly a decade since Canadian post-hardcore icons Alexisonfire last released new music. In that time, the band has broken up in 2011, played a farewell tour the following year, and then reunited in 2015, continuing to play festival dates while repeatedly emphasizing that they were taking things slowly, with no immediate plans for new music. And with Dallas Green’s City and Colour project finding more success than ever, many fans have had little hope that new music would ever arrive.
Los Angeles Hard Rock Band VARNA has released the lyric video for their single, “The Craving.”
“We are extremely proud to release such high driven female powered beast as ‘The Craving’ for 2019. This song about the push and pull of primal emotions you have instantly with someone–that carnal desire–but it never transforms into what you would like. You are stuck with the craving. Sometimes we just want what we aren’t meant to have.” – VARNA
Led by vocalist and lead songwriter Tiana Woods, the daughter of legendary 80’s pop and soul singer Stevie Woods, VARNA is the only unsigned female fronted rock band with not one but TWO consecutively charting singles, “Living A Lie” and “Survival of the Fittest” to hit TOP 40 on Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator Charts.
They have opened tours for major rocks acts such as Drowning Pool, Adelita’s Way, and Stitched Up Heart.
They won ‘People’s Choice’ at the North American Rock Independent Music Awards and are in the running for “The Craving” as ‘Best Hard Rock Song’ at the 19th Annual Independent Music Awards.