SF/LA indie act Waters is generating a buzz with their Vagrant release ‘What’s Real‘. The record was recorded over a 15-month period with Grouplove producer/drummer Ryan Rabin as well as producer Carlos De La Garza (Paramore). “While current alternative radio is pumping out songs about the ‘best day of my life,’ I wanted to write songs about heartbreak, about finding clarity about feeling stuck in your hometown,” notes Van. The band has performed with Tegan and Sara, Cold War Kids, Smallpools, & Weezer to name a few. Stand out tracks include ‘What’s Real‘ & ‘I Feel Everything‘.
Kings became big fans of Kid Astray, a dance alt pop from Norway that just released an incredibly infectious track ‘Day in June‘ along with a video. They have been described as a motley crew of six friends (including a former junior golf champion, Italian Vogue model and piano prodigy), all in their late teens and early twenties, who knock out day-glo, indie-tinged dance-pop with the effortless ease of musicians with pure pop running through their veins. Influences range from Passion Pit to Foster The People to M83 to The Wombats. The band has upcoming shows with Walk Off The Earth & The Wombats.
We fell in love with the track Tokyo by Nottingham electro-alt act DECO. This upbeat track is layered in synth, hooks, & originality. Think Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”. The single comes off DECO’s second EP ‘Minus’. Completing a mini UK tour this year, the band have recently performed venues including The Barfly, London, O2 Academy Birmingham, Rescue Rooms Nottingham and Kasbah Club Coventry. They opened for Depeche Mode at the LG Arena in Birmingham. Big things in store for DECO.
Los Angeles indie alternative act Moons Of Mars has been generating a good deal of buzz with their latest EP “Free To Fly”. The lead single ‘Holiday‘ reaching #2 on KROQ’s Locals Only. The band has performed at recent festivals including Echo Park Rising and Culture Collide. The Velvet Independent notes “From the grooving bass tones and the explosive choruses, loaded with aspiring collaborations of their earlier electronica work and their fresher take on guitar riffs, balanced with attainable vocals and lyrics, Clouds is the stepping stone for this duo to truly reach out into the mainstream”
Have you heard the track Lovers Or Nothing?It’s incredibly catchy that reminisces One Republics breakthrough “Apologize”. Nate Merchant is an upcoming artist, producer, and singer -songwriter who has been releasing music under Merchant. He cites Talking Heads, Blondie, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, & Prince as influences, and has landed a vocal production credit on Jason Derulo’s ‘Want To Want Me’. His song “Walk Through Fire” was featured on SyFy’s Z-Nation Season 1 Episode 2.