Southern California rock band Takers Leavers have released a new music video for “Empty Glow”, which is the fourth track off their newest EP Break & Bloom. The young band has managed to make a name for themselves regionally, opening for bands like He Is Legend and Emarosa, The band has this to say about the song, stating: “Empty Glow” is about “the remaining feeling after ‘love’ has faded, the internal struggle to realize that we are the only ones bringing ourselves down.”
Hailing from Gold Coast in Australia, progressive rockers Opus of a Machine are soon to release their sophomore album “Stray Fire” this Friday August 3rd. While only 6 songs, the 37 minute runtime is full of memorable moments, catchy hooks/choruses, and just overall terrific musicianship from every member of the band. With “Stray Fire”, Opus have graced us with a truly unique and phenomenal album, one that hopefully reaffirms their position of being one of Australias greatest progressive rock bands. Seriously guys and gals, this is easily going to end up in my “Best of 2018” list in the top 10, if not top 5. Guitarist/Producer Zac Greensill was kind enough to talk to me about how the band was originally formed, why they opted for a progressive rock sound as opposed to an other, the trials and tribulations of self promotion/touring, and many other things.
Belle Noire, the talented progressive rock band from San Jose who impressed listeners in 2016 with their debut album What It Means To Be, are back with a name change, new label, and new single. The group is now known as BELLE, and they have just signed to Tragic Hero Records, while also releasing their new single “Reverence”. The song marks an evolution from their debut, with growing use of subtle textures and electronic flourishes to compliment Joey Lancaster’s soaring vocals and passionate lyricism. Stay tuned for more from BELLE, who just wrapped a run of shows supporting Emery and ’68!
After announcing the joining of their new vocalist Spencer Issy Berry, Las Vegas’ own Amarionette have released a new single called “Baddest”, off of their upcoming AMVRI EP, out June 22nd! The song showcases the band’s continued evolution into pop songwriting, while retaining their penchant for technical, groovy instrumentation. Spencer’s vocals soar on the high-energy track, and things come to a climax with an explosive guitar solo by Nick Raya that feels straight out of the ’80s. If this is the future of Amarionette, it is sure to be a bright one.