Emarosa have released a new single “Givin’ Up”, via Hopeless Records. The new song and music video signal a huge change for the previously labeled post-hardcore band. Over time, the band has been moving further and further from their original sound, and the new song signifies that sound is gone, but that doesn’t mean the band is. Vocally the song is just what you expect from Bradley Walden, but instrumentally it’s a whole new sound. With the introduction of killer sax solos and an overall 80’s music video vibe the band is pop bound, which isn’t a shock as some of Walden’s main influences include Michael Jackson and Prince. The band have posted on media platforms that their new album will blow their previous release, 131, into the water. With the release of Givin’ Up fans are at the edge of their seats waiting for what’s to come. This is a song with huge crossover potential.
Zayn Malik’s solo career since leaving the confines of One Direction has been a mixed bag, a display of massive potential mixed with some notable letdowns. The best tracks from his 2016 debut album Mind of Mine (mostly the ones produced by frequent collaborator Malay) adeptly drew inspiration from moody R&B stars like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean, while showcasing a phenomenal vocal ability and tinges of Zayn’s own Pakistani heritage. However, Zayn has occasionally let his aesthetic slip into generic pop-R&B background noise… while the Taylor Swift duet “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” was a massive hit, it perhaps best exemplified how Zayn could potentially have his uniqueness watered down by the major label pop machine, and slip into pop star anonymity.
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!
Dance Gavin Dance are back with a bang. After weeks of teasing, the Sacramento post-hardcore juggernaut has returned with the first single (and music video) from their eighth studio album Artificial Selection, due out June 8th on Rise Records. The new track is called “Midnight Crusade”, and is sure to thrill longtime fans and new converts alike, as the group’s signature brand of quirky intensity is present in full force.