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Yellowcard goes classical

by Katerina Sperl | October 22, 2014

I felt like I was enjoying- enjoying for the first time- classical music when I heard the opening of “Convocation.”

Yellowcard recently released their ninth studio album, Lift a Sail (Photo obtained via Facebook)

Yellowcard recently released their ninth studio album, Lift a Sail (Photo obtained via Facebook)

Nope, this isn’t a Mozart masterpiece. Yellowcard surprisingly decided to start off their latest album, Lift a Sail¸ with a short classical instrumental piece. They took a chance and it seems to have paid off.

The result is actually beautiful.

The mellow piece somehow seamlessly transformed into a stereotypical Yellowcard sound. “Transmission Home” brings the band back to their punk roots. This latter punk part is equal in greatness to the classical beginnings, showcasing just how much the band has the potential to offer.

“One Bedroom” is an absolutely wonderful beat. The steadiness of the song breaks up the complication of the other songs a bit. The lyrics are a bit like a stereotypical love song, but I am somehow okay with this. The repetition got me so caught up in the song that I ended up feeling instead of listening with precision.

“The Deepest Well” (feat. Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire) is actually the only track on the album that sounded like the Yellowcard I remember. While the purpose of the album was to try something different, it was nice to see something that sounded like their earlier music. It is always good to come back home.

“M&K” is an interesting mesh of classical and punk rock. The background instrumentals are absolutely beautiful. The light fluttering somehow complements the words perfectly. Warning: this song will consume you.

“California” lays just a bit boring. While it is relatable to college students, about long distance relationships, the relatability irks me. With this song, Yellowcard brings nothing new to the scene.
Overall, this album has some stand out tracks. However, the majority of the album is a little lackluster.

Local Gigs of the Week

by Ashley Winward | October 22, 2014

local gigs of the week

Toads Place
October 22: Shwayze with Cam Meekins, Carlton, Nikko Gray and DJ set by BVillain.

October 23: Flag Party

October 24: Shakedown: The Dead and Beyond with Deep and The Remnants

October 27: RAC with The Knocks and SPEAK

October 28: Jeezy

The Space
October 23: The Felix Culpa with Rescuer, Aviator, Foreign Tongues and Setsuna

October 24: Transit with Such Gold, Driver Friendly, Anchors Away and Belweather

October 25: The World is A Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die with The Hotelier, Sorority Noise, Rozwell Kid, Posture & The Grizzly

The Oakdale
October 26: Jason Derulo with Becky G and Walpaper

Cafe nine (21+)
October 23: Dan Bern with Seth Adams

Bringing Back The Sunshine

by Elyse Von Der Fecht | October 22, 2014

Blake Shelton is an American country music singer and a television personality. In 2001, he debuted with his single “Austin” off his self-titled album.

Blake Shelton (AP photo)

Blake Shelton (AP photo)

In 2003, he released his second album, The Dreamer, as well as in 2004 he released his third album, Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill. A few years later his fourth album Pure BS was re-released in 2008. That same year, his fifth album Startin’ Fires, which featured his then-girlfriend Miranda Lambert, was released.

Three years later, in 2011, he became the husband of country singer Miranda Lambert and released his sixth album, Red River Blue. His eighth album, Based on a True Story, premiered in 2013 and became an instant hit. The following year he made his ninth album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, which features Ashley Monroe and Raelynn.

Overall, Blake Shelton accomplished 24 country singles, including 11 number ones, and is a five-time Grammy Award nominee.

Here were my thoughts on the songs of his newest album.

“Bringing Back the Sunshine:” I do like the fact that Shelton started his album off with a faster moving song. I felt like he wanted to leave you with that sense of the whole album in one.

“Neon Light:” I really enjoyed the instrumental parts throughout the song. It goes well with the rhythm of the song as well as the lyrics.

“Lonely Tonight:” Having this song feature Ashley Monroe added that perfect touch of the song because it’s about two people not being alone. I think by having this song feature Monroe really added that extra power to the lyrics.

“Gonna:” As I listened to the song, I liked the part where he had the harmonies of the other voices in certain parts.

“A Girl:” This song had a slower tempo and mood. I was able to just focus on the lyrics and what Shelton was trying to say about that special person.

“Sangria:” I liked the fact that he had a song on the album titled “Sangria;” it really made me giggle, but listening to the lyrics was something I didn’t expect to hear. It was very interesting, but still incredible.

“Buzzin’:” This song has that country vibe and swing affect as I listened to the song. Raelynn has an incredible voice, which gave the song that extra lift in the lyrics.

“Just South of Heaven:” Listening to this song was a different feeling when I heard his lyrics and what he had to say, but it was really inspirational and kept me listening to the whole song.

“I Need My Girl:” I would have to say that this is my favorite song on this album. I really like his emotion and passion expressing what he really is feeling. It was very touching.

“Good Country Song:” This song gave the overall album that vibe it needed about having a song pertaining to having a country song. Everyone has to have that one song just talking about country.

“Anyone Else:” This is another slow song and as I was listening to it I wanted to grab my friends and sway back and forth. To have the special moment with your friends who are there for you.

“Just Gettin’ Started:” Shelton knows how to pick a great song to end an album with. This song has a fast tempo and gives you that vibe to dance and have fun.
Shelton is also a judge on the singing competition The Voice along with Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. He has been on The Voice since its premiere and his teams on seasons two through four had won the title of The Voice. Who will win this season? Make sure you tune in and watch.

Livewell’s Latest

by Shannon Livewell | October 22, 2014

Paul J. Phillips Brings Magic to the Music Industry

Paul J.Phillips recently moved to Nashville, Tenn. (Photo provided by The Press House)

Paul J.Phillips recently moved to Nashville, Tenn. (Photo provided by The Press House)

Paul J. Phillips was born into a family where following a path in pursuit of music was a destined staple in his future. Son of a Baptist choir director and classically trained soprano, Phillips grew up in Kentucky, knowing that he was meant to chase the notes of a melody that would make up the soundtrack to his future.

Thanks to the lovely people at the Press House in Nashville, Tenn. where Phillips has recently moved to from the Big Apple, I was able to sit down with him and discuss the passion behind the music, and the ideas that make Paul’s songs come to life.

They say music can be taught, but passion for it is intuitive. After speaking with Phillips, it seems his intuition and love for the arts stretches further than the distance he’s traveled to pursue his musical dreams.

When I spoke to Phillips, I was under the impression that Magic was his first solo E.P, but I stood corrected.

“Magic is actually my third solo recording; my first two records, Shooting Cars, Building Stars and Every Time I Leave are pretty straight-forward Americana. This new EP is a bit of a departure from that,” he explained, “and is more straight-forward rock and roll. With Magic, we were just trying to have a little fun with the music and also push the envelope artistically—do something different from what we’ve done in the past.”

When listening to the album’s title track, “Magic,” it is clear that “pushing the envelope” is exactly what Phillips had set out to do. With a 311 meets Jimmy Buffett at a local cafe on a dollar beer night sound, Phillips’ newly developed and strangely unique approach to his latest album release has listeners questioning his motives, while never demanding answers; the music speaks for itself.

When there is a title track on an album it’s almost like, “which came first? The chicken or the egg?” So I asked Phillips which “Magic” came first (the song or the album concept & name).

“The song came first. Then the chicken,” he joked. “I’m part of a group with some songwriter friends in which we try to write a song a day for the month of May. About a week or two in, when the fresh ideas slow down a bit, the really interesting songs start surfacing. One of the other writers and my good friend, Rollyn, wrote a little ditty about needing and enjoying an adult beverage at the end of a crazy days and Magic was basically a fun response to that.”

Basing an entire album off a fun response song is, from what I could tell during my time speaking with him, a very “Paul” thing to do. Did you ever see that episode of Friends? The one where Monica is trying to realize her dreams of being a chef while catering one of her mom’s dinner parties? (The One With the ‘Cuffs Episode 4.03) Her mom says that both of her parents made a bet that she would pull a “Monica” before the night was over. While in her moment of distress, Phoebe points out to her that pulling a “Monica” may actually be the best thing someone could do; that they could make pulling a “Monica” the best thing since sliced bread.

By Phillips, well, pulling a “Paul” I think you get the long-winded analogy that it’s actually the best thing he could’ve done. Basing an album off of chance, fun, experimentation; all of these things make for unique and inspirational songs that complete the entirety of an album that is more of a collection of art then a representation of sound.

“Funny enough,” Phillips said. “It originally started out as a reggae tune and when we started working on these new rock tracks, we took a new approach to the music. Magic is fun, lighthearted, rocking and bluesy and to me instantly felt like the single of the bunch, as well as the musical compass for the direction of the EP. For those same reasons we decided to use Magic as the title of the EP.”

And magic it is.

“I love to meet and hear stories about people that live life on the edge – those who push their own boundaries as artists, athletes, poets, adventurers, painters, musicians, etc.,” he offered when I inquired about his inspirations in life. “To me, it seems that when people are really pursuing what they’re passionate about, that’s when true beauty arrives and the world actually changes and evolves in a positive way. So to answer your question, both musically and personally, I’m continually inspired and drawn to people who pursue their life and art in that way. Luckily, I have many friends that inspire me in this way and I’m grateful for that.”

“The real challenge is not to survive. Hell, anyone can do that. It’s to survive as yourself, undiminished.”

Phillips quoted the above excerpt from Elia Kazan before speaking about the song that means the most to him off of the E.P.

“I think the one that means the most to me is “Fly Boy.” It is a biography of the life and adventures of Colton Harris Moore, the infamous ‘Barefoot Bandit’ and chronicles the story of his hardscrabble upbringing, and what he did to overcome so many obstacles. His story and character are so fascinating to me, and I love the way the music floats along with the story on this song.”

Phillips is all about the journey of the music. Where the song picks up the listener, the sites it shows them along the way, and the final destination. This is clear not only his individual tracks, such as ‘Fly Boy,’ but also with the conceptual idea of the E.P. When the listener finishes the journey, they feel complete. There are no unanswered questions, or unvisited territories. There is just music and the adventure it brought them on.

“A lot of my music has a sense of longing to it. With that is also a sense that there’s something on the other side of this or that experience or belief that can give us hope and something to fight for,” he expressed. “Most of anything worth fighting for can be reduced to love; it’s the most important thing we can feel, do, or be and I hope anyone who spends time with my music can get a sense of that sprinkled somewhere in the lyrics and melody.”

The hope is that you too, will experience the love that Paul Phillips captures in his ever-evolving music, and enjoy the journey that you embark upon from listening to Magic all the way through.

Fall Out Boy drops new single for Disney

by The Charger Bulletin | October 22, 2014

By Andrew LaGambina
Contributing Writer
alaga2@unh.newhaven.edu

Fall Out Boy’s new single “Immortals” serves as the band’s contribution to Disney’s upcoming animated superhero epic, Big Hero 6, and boy, does it have “Movie Single” written all over it. It’s clear that the days of creating heavy-hitting punk-influenced material is in the past as far as this band is concerned.

Fall Out Boy released their new single, “Immortals,” earlier in October (AP photo)

Fall Out Boy released their new single, “Immortals,” earlier in October (AP photo)

“Immortals” suffers from a lack of any real lyrics in its chorus, going instead for the often tried, and still boring, method of repeating a word over and over. And although the song features actual guitar tracks, it’s hard to keep track of them due to an onslaught of sampled percussion and some weird oriental-meets-crappy-techno sample that serves as the song’s main instrumental theme.

All that being said, this isn’t a bad song. Sure, it doesn’t hold up against anything the band released pre-2009, but that’s just one so-called hipster’s opinion. I’m only stating a fact when I say I liked them before they were cool, and I realize that the Fall Out Boy I knew is pretty much dead.

However, from their ashes has risen a new iteration of the band that knows how to survive in the pop world, and to their credit, I think they’re doing more than just surviving: they’re thriving. By focusing Patrick Stump’s ability to both write and sing insane hooks, and Pete Wentz’s quick-witted lyricism, and applying these things to pop music, Fall Out Boy has figured out a way to stay relevant without relying on the supersaturated pop-punk scene that they came up through.

It’s no secret that Stump’s voice is the main attraction, so it only makes sense that he seems to be the driving force in the band now. I’m perfectly okay trading in the guitar driven, drum smashing instrumentals of FOB’s previous material if I get to continue hearing Stump’s voice sing Wentz’s lyrics.

With the music business being a risky place to make a living, I don’t blame Fall Out Boy for going the Pop route. Considering they were a pop band playing punk music for three-fourths of their career, it’s not like this was ever a surprise, either. I’m not naïve enough to call them sell-outs, because they aren’t. They’re excelling at writing pop songs that, even while bordering on boring sometimes, are still better than 99 percent of what “pop” artists these days are pumping out. If they’re making much-needed money doing that, who am I to complain?

The point is, while “Immortals” is probably anything but immortal, this band, if they stay true to who they are, just might be.

Balance and Composure blows away audiences

by The Charger Bulletin | October 9, 2014

Aj LaGambina
Contributing Writer
alaga1@unh.newhaven.edu

It finally happened. After buying my tickets in June, I saw my favorite band, Balance and Composure, play a headlining set at the Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury.

Balance and Composure (Photo obtained via Facebook)

Balance and Composure (Photo obtained via Facebook)

I first saw the band open for Title Fight in October of last year and I thought that their live show was incredible, so hearing that they were doing a full US headliner, I lost it. My girlfriend and I snagged tickets as soon as possible and (not so) patiently waited for Oct. 3 to see our favorite band play without the half hour constraint of being an opener.

After driving for an hour or so out to Danbury, we arrived shortly before the show opened with Philadelphia’s Creepoid. Armed with some very odd instruments—I’ve never seen a bass like the one vocalist Anna Troxell wields—they showcased their unique brand of Psychadelc-shoegazey-grunge-pop to a generally positive response.

I found myself really enjoying their stage presence, especially considering the technical difficulties that plagued the beginning of their set. After replacing one of the vocalist’s microphones, the band finished their set without a problem. The band has been on the road nonstop for three tours—the equivalent of almost 80 shows—and they dealt with the issue like champs.

Seahaven played next, and though I’ve never really been a big fan of them, they blew me away with their live set. They played with a vigor that is too often given up by openers who just seem to be going through the motions, especially in cases like Friday, when it’s the second to last show of a tour. Vocalist Kyle Soto’s voice, which I have previously found annoying, was gloriously worn in, to the point where his voice had a Cobain-esque rasp to it. As a result of seeing them live, I’m in the process of revisiting Seahaven’s catalog and finding myself really, really liking it. That right there is the power of live music.

Finally, Balance and Composure took the stage, with a giant backdrop based on the ghost theme of their latest album, The Things We Think We’re Missing, and an oil lamp projection providing a cool lighting effect, the band ripped through a 15 song set (plus an encore) with the energy and finesse they’re now known for.

Vocalist Jon Simmons was on point the entire night, showing off his chops as frontman. Being a three-guitar band, Balance brought an absolute wall of sound which, I think, can only be rivaled by fellow PA rockers, Superheaven, whom I saw this summer opening for UK band Basement. Bailey Van Ellis, Balance and Composure’s drummer, kept the energy rolling through the entire set, never faltering or losing time, contributing to a stellar performance by the group as a whole. There was a fair amount of fan interaction, with a handful of stagedivers, a lot of finger-pointing and a very loud crowd.

While the band mostly skipped fan favorites such as “I Tore You Apart in my Head” off of 2011’s Separation, their set was a fantastic balance of old and new, and proved that this band is beyond worthy of headlining their own tours.

 

I’m a band geek and proud of it!

by Ashley Winward | October 8, 2014

Band Geek. A stereotype that has been passed down the high school food chain for generations. While some consider the stigma to be negative, those who have devoted their life to the band wear it with pride. I’ve been in marching band for nearly a decade and of all the reasons, moments and experiences, I’ve decided that these are the five reasons (in no particular order) being a “band geek” is truly better than anything else.

UNH marching band (Photo provided by Sheehan High School)

UNH marching band (Photo provided by Sheehan High School)

1.The Experiences: Being in a marching band opens you up to a lot of experiences that “normal” people never get to experience. In my band career, I’ve been able to perform at places like Shea Stadium, Citi Field and Disneyworld. Those long bus rides, going behind the scenes at some of the most interesting venues and all the sights that nobody knows about make for unique experiences that bring bands closer together. There are very few people in this world who can say that they led Mickey Mouse to Cinderella’s castle! Think about any Grammy performance or VMAs or music video that a marching band has randomly showed up in; nine times out of ten times, that’s an actual established marching band that officially have a better party story than you.

2.The Jokes: No, I’m not talking about “this one time at band camp” kind of jokes. I’m talking about which sections are nothing, but treble and how every show has to have a good nacho moment. Musicians, and more specifically marching band kids, pretty much have their own language and its fun to have those inside jokes that nobody will understand. Even just mentioning a set number could send someone into a fit of laughter (or maybe that’s just the exhaustion talking).

3.The People: For those who think all band kids are “nerds,” I would like to start out mentioning that people like Gwen Stefani (flute), Bill Clinton (saxophone), Jimmy Kimmel (clarinet) and Steven Tyler (trumpet) have all been band kids at one point or another. Even within the past year, I’ve gotten to geek out with one of my personal idols, Cody Carson of Set It Off, about which clarinet reeds are the best. The people you meet in marching band are one of a kind (for better or worse) and I am proud to say that some of my best friends, and lifelong friends, are friends I made in band. You really get to know people when you spend the equivalent of two days a week with people for months on end.

4.The Feeling on The Field: When I think about this, I’m always brought back to the same show. It was my sophomore year here at UNH and we traveled to Stonehill, Mass. for an away game. They sat us in the end zone in folding chairs because we weren’t allowed to sit in the stands. Upon walking onto the field we were promptly booed by the entire crowd; never in my life had my band ever been booed upon entering the field. I was shocked, to say the least, but there was an energy in that performance like no other. By our last note the crowd was up on their feet cheering and dancing along with us. Being able to have that effect, that impact on people, is unreal. As a performer, in any musical discipline, there is no better sense of euphoria than hitting a section that hasn’t been sounding right or nailing a shape and having the crowd react to it. I live for that moment and to know those moments are coming to an end for me is really hard.

5.The Music: One of the things we really stress here at UNHCMB is the fact that we all come from different walks of life. We represent nearly every major on campus, all have different backgrounds and personal things going on and yet all 220 people come together on weekends and twice a week, putting everything else aside, and join each other on the sidelines to make beautiful music.
It’s what connects us: the love of the music. It’s the reason we walk in step with strangers at the grocery store, why we can’t hear a certain song on the radio anymore without doing the visual from three seasons ago, why we’re constantly meowing rhythms in our heads. We love music. It doesn’t get much simpler than that and I love it.

So the next time you see someone fumbling with their case across the quad or a flock of grumpy looking band kids walking up to North at 7:30 a.m., on a Saturday morning realize that this isn’t just some cute little hobby, but a lifestyle. It’s a passion that I wish everyone could experience just once in their lives. Then maybe this “geek” stigma might go away or, better yet, be applauded. There may be rough seasons and long rehearsals, but I wouldn’t take my decision back for the world. Rock on band kids, happy banding!

Lady Antebellum releases sixth album

by Elyse Von Der Fecht | October 8, 2014

Lady Antebellum formed in 2006 and consists of Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals, guitar), Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin) and Hillary Scott (Lead and background vocals). For those of you who aren’t familiar with the band, Scott is the daughter of country singer Linda Davis and Kelley is the brother of pop and country artist Josh Kelley. The just released their sixth album, 747, and here are my thought on the songs.

Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood formed Lady Antebellum in Nashville, Tenn in 2006 (AP photo)

Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood formed Lady Antebellum in Nashville, Tenn in 2006 (AP photo)

“Long Stretch of Love:” This song has a lot of passion and they sound fierce as they sing the lyrics. They picked a great song to start of the album.

“Bartender:” Even though I knew this song before the album was released, I have to say that it’s my favorite off this album. It just has a great melody throughout the song as well as the instruments accompanying the vocals.

“Lie With Me:” I really liked the meaning behind the lyrics; I thought it had inspirational words that were sung.

“Freestyle:” When I listened to this song I didn’t know how I felt about it, but as I continued to finish the song I really enjoyed the song. It gave me the feeling that to just have a good time and be free.

“Down South:” I thought the melody of the song had a smooth and persistent flow to the lyrics.

“One Great Mystery:” Having the song with a slower tempo and had the instruments played in a softer fashion, left the song with a perfect effect.

“Sounded Good At the Time:” I really liked how this song explained how there was a situation where everyone thinks it’s a great idea at the time, but in the end its not.

“She Is:” I think that after every girl listens to this song, they feel that it’s true that they are who they are. It doesn’t matter who she is, but it’s the feeling that every girls wants to me like her.

“Damn You Seventeen:” I feel that this song is something everyone can relate to with this certain situation that they talk about. It’s not the best feeling but it’s happened before.

“747:” This song has a great vibe that is sung and is accompanied by the instruments. It works well with the overall aspects of the song.

“Just a Girl:” This is another song that every girl can relate to and what they think when they meet someone who they appreciate. I think by having this song last really pulls the whole album and sums it up perfectly.

In my opinion, Lady Antebellum concerts are incredible and you don’t want to miss out on a great show.

Local Gigs of the Week

by Ashley Winward | October 8, 2014

local gigs of the week

Toad’s Place

October 9: Ab-soul with BAS, Earthgang and Kid Dop3

October 10: Bright Night 7: Electro Glow Party

October 12: Papadosio with Jimkata


The Space

October 10: Pat the Bunny with Ceschi & Anonymous Inc, Jose Oyola & the Astronauts, Greg McKillop and Brzowski

October 11: Jeremiah Brown with Stephanie Griffin


The Oakdale

October 8: Porter Robinson with Giraffage and Lemaitre

October 10: Bassnectar with Paper Diamond

October 11: Limp Bizkit with Machine Gun Kelly and BLVCK Ceiling


Bar (21+)

October 8: Stephen Brodsky with Death Black Birds


Cafe Nine (21+)

October 9: The Muffs with Pools are Nice and Fake

October 10: Sean Conlon

October 11: Jazz Jam Session: Gary Grippo & Friends

October 14: The Sawtelles with Kelly Kancyr

Livewell’s Latest

by Shannon Livewell | October 8, 2014

goodbyemotel says hello to America and its music industry

 goodbyemotel formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2008 and later moved to New York (Photo provided by The Press House NYC)

goodbyemotel formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2008 and later moved to New York (Photo provided by The Press House NYC)

“We journeyed across the seas to the U.S. about a year ago,” lead singer Gustaf explained to me when we chatted about goodbyemotel being described as an Australian, Brooklyn-based band by The Huffington Post. “We’d been coming back and forth for the last couple of years to do some recording here, but finally got the whole band moved to NYC in mid 2013.”
Gustaf himself is from Sweden, while the rest of the band originates from Australian roots.

“There were many reasons that brought us to the states, but in particular: we landed some sync spots on the American TV-series: Gossip Girl, Covert Affairs, and Suits,” he said.

“Last Flight Of The Bat,” produced by PLW’ Entertainment’s multi-platinum award winning record producer, Paul Wiltshire, premiered on the fourth season of Gossip Girl.
The other show licenses came quickly to follow.

“We love the culture around music here; people are passionate and love seeing and listening to the music they love in a very engaged way. Not to say people don’t do that elsewhere, but we noticed a distinct difference here in people’s pursuit of finding great music and seeing it live. I think we’re influenced by whatever is around us, our environment surely factors in, but I think it’s also just as much by what we are all experiencing personally at a particular time.”

“SXSW was ducking great,” Gustaf joked in response to my inquiry about the band’s experience at South by Southwest and how it all came about. “A series of circumstances saw us invited by SPIN to play at their day party so we performed at their SPIN Media Party/House of Vans at the Mohawk in downtown Austin, TX. We got to premiere our 4D Live Music Experience, a visual show the band has created and it was great to share that with an entirely new audience. We had some great reviews from that performance,” he reminisced.

I asked how the band’s 2014 tour had been going, and if they had a favorite city they’ve been to thus far, or one they hope to play in soon. With such a unique group of people with a myriad of backgrounds and origins, I figured this answer would differ from other U.S based-bands who normally always choose their home city as their favorite place to perform.

“Since we got back from SXSW in March 2014 we did a lot of recording in Brooklyn, so we stayed local through that time, and in that time we got the chance to play Mercury Lounge in NY’s lower east side, an iconic venue in our view. We were stoked when we hosted our 4D Live Music Experience there and they invited us back for a second round time,” he answered. “In terms of cities and places we want to play I’d say New Orleans is on the list, one of our favorite bands: Mute Math is from there. It would be fantastic to experience some of the city’s rich musical history first hand.”

“Hurricane” is the band’s first single off of their unreleased album iF. With a 90’s twinge to the building instrumental, reminisce of early Goo Goo Dolls, coming together with the Dave Matthews Band, this track has a nostalgic feel as soon as the first hook comes in and rings strong throughout the rest of the track.

“I think we chose ‘Hurricane’ as the first single because it was one of the first songs we wrote when we arrived on American soil in mid 2013. There was an excitement and freshness in the air, and that song came to life then. I think we felt like it had the right intention and drive that we all felt when we got to the U.S. and were about to get on the road, through this vast country, for the first time,” Gustaf said.

The last thing I asked in my time with Gustaf was something I ask every band I speak with, because I’m curious if the elements I hear in their music are intentional based off of influences they’ve had in their creative careers.

“I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count, but I’d say a few key influences of ours would be Pink Floyd; their very visual sound and concepts have been hugely inspirational to this band. Led Zeppelin, I am personally a huge fan of this beautiful and heavy four piece. Other bands like Mutemath and Radiohead are also key inspirations to us. Our influences always keep adding on, as we discover music from left-right and center. It’s hard not to be inspired by something that resonates with you.”

What Gustaf said is key; “it is hard not to be inspired by something that resonates with you.”

That’s exactly what goodbyemotel unintentionally projects upon their listeners. Their music resonates with you visually, conceptually, musically, in every way possible, and that is something that sure has inspired me, and I hope will inspire you too.

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