British alternative rock band Deaf Havana have made a name for themselves with the combination of stadium-sized hard rock riffs, and frontman James Veck-Gilodi’s confessionally emotional songwriting and vocals. Now, they’ve released a new single that pushes that winning formula outward in a totally unexpected way. “Sinner” is the lead single off of the band’s new album RITUALS, out August 10th, and shows the band moving into a bouncy pop rock soundscape, while still staying rooted in Veck-Gilodi’s fantastic voice and lyricism. The results are truly exceptional, and fans of The 1975 and Walk the Moon will find much to love. RITUALS seems poised to catapult Deaf Havana to a new level of popularity, while still retaining the core of what made them stand out as musicians. Stay tuned.
We’re barely over three months into 2018, and the year has so far been chock-full of surprises of every variety. So in that spirit, dear reader, I am going to utter a sentence so thoroughly unexpected that you may not have seen it spoken OR written in well over a decade. And the sentence is: “The new Hoobastank single is pretty good!”
Amarionette are not a band to take hits lying down. Only a short time after announcing the departure of vocalist Quin White, the band are already back with the new single “Charm”, featuring singer-songwriter Andres. I got the chance to speak to guitarist Nick Raya about the new collaboration, as well as the band’s future.
This weekend in Orlando, our photojournalist Savannah Rowley covered the 17th annual Florida Music Festival & Conference held at UCF Rosen College and the surrounding Lake Eola area. There were conference panels featuring a keynote talk and Q&A session with the Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman, as well as music business panels with people speaking from Okeechobee Festival, Global Citizen, as well as venues like House of Blues and agencies such as ReverbNation.
In the keynote session, Lyman spoke on what Warped has become since the start. Stating that it started on corporate dollars, the brands that originally helped fund it including how it became the Vans Warped Tour (can you believe it was almost the Calvin Klein Warped Tour?) Lyman said he was the first person who wasn’t also a music artist to start a festival. His main goal for Warped Tour is to educate people, whether it’s learning about a new organization or checking out a new band.