In The Spotlight: Kill No Albatross

Ontario’s Kill No Albatross is one of “those” bands. The Burlington rockers, whose most recent EP Lost In Darkness And Distance dropped about 5 weeks ago, is well on their way to getting some early attention. While the band is more or less the sum of their influences at this point (sort of a midway point between the dynamics of bands like Deftones/Fair To Midland and the grittier vocals of a band like Big Wreck or Chevelle), the 3-track EP is a solid start to KNA’s career.

Interested parties can check out the EP below – certainly a band you will want to keep an eye on in the near future as they grow into their sound.

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NANASHI Announce New Album; Debut First Single

Midwest melodic hardcore band NANASHI have announced their debut album “The Marks You Left On Me”. With the announcement, the band have also premiered a music video for their new single “Triggered”, directed by Sam Link (Memphis May Fire, Sleeping With Sirens). Check out the new single below. Pre-orders are available for their new album in both physical and digital form. NANASHI also has some upcoming tour dates, which you can catch below as well. This is a band that you do not want to sleep on.

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In The Spotlight: Dangerkids – “blacklist_”

In a perfect world, Dayton, OH-based rock band Dangerkids would have blown up upon their inception almost 5 years ago. In many ways, they did – early tracks like “We’re All In Danger” showcased their adept blend of influences like Linkin Park, Innerpartysystem, electronics, hip-hop, and modern rock. They landed slots on massive tours with Sleeping With Sirens, too. Their debut album, 2013’s Collapse, was also successful as well, garnering great reviews across the board.

Fast forward to 2017, and the music landscape has changed a lot. Bands like Sylar and Out Came The Wolves are garnering success, playing on major festivals, and Dangerkids is set to join them with album #2, blacklist_. It’s been a long time coming, but they’re a band that deserves your attention. Don’t believe me? Check out the songs “Things Could Be Different” and the title track below, and if you’re digging what you hear, preorder the record at wearedangerkids.com. It’s out January 27th. This is the blacklist.

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In The Spotlight: The Midnight – “Endless Summer”

The synthwave/retrowave revolution is here. Since the beginning of time, the music world has displayed a reverence for the past, whether it’s the current nu-metal revival trend (Sylar, Afterlife, My Ticket Home), or the scene that worships the 1980’s while still breaking new ground (The 1975, Timecop 1983, FM-84, Gunship). Synthwave duo The Midnight is thoroughly in the latter camp, and their album Endless Summer balances out the aforementioned nostalgia with depth. Don’t believe me? Check out album highlight “Vampires”, which would fit perfectly well on the Top Gun soundtrack. Endless Summer is an album with little discernible filler.

Listen to the whole thing below – if you have even a passing interest in electronic/pop/synth-based music, The Midnight is what you need in your life. Special mention should also be given to their previous EP Days Of Thunder – it’s arguably a prequel of sorts to Endless Summer.

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