Don’t Believe in Ghosts Debuts ‘Put Your Head Back’ Video

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Don’t Believe in Ghosts debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Put Your Head Back‘ Wednesday. Its debut comes less than a week after the band debuted the song by itself.

‘Put Your Head Back’ is one of 11 songs featured in Don’t Believe in Ghosts’ forthcoming album, Solutions, which is scheduled for release May 14 through Imagen Records/ADA Warner. The album also features the already released singles,  ‘Still Holding On,’ ‘Living Like This,’ ‘The Chase‘ and ‘Don’t Wake Me Up.’

The video for the band’s new single features the band members dressed up as a variety of characters, such as a carny, an astronaut, and even the man in the moon as they perform their new single.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Put Your Head Back’ immediately lends itself to songs from the likes of Fitz & The Tantrums, Maroon 5, and Andy Grammer. That is evidenced through the poppy melodies presented through the song’s guitar and keyboard lines, and the vocals. The light, bouncy drums add to that comparison in their own right, too.

According to a statement from front man Steven Nathan, the lyrical theme of ‘Put Your Head Back’ is an uplifting message of optimism.

“This band has always been about seeing the light in the darkness,” said Nathan. “It’s always been about optimism, growth, and lifting people up. There were a few months there where I couldn’t even lift myself up anymore, it became very hard to focus. ‘Put Your Head Back’ is a defiant statement about no longer going down that path and re-aligning who you are and where you are going.”

More information on Don’t Believe In Ghosts’ latest single and contest is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Don’t Believe In Ghosts Premieres New Single

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Pop rock act Don’t Believe in Ghosts is giving audiences a preview of its forthcoming album.

The band premiered its new single ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ this week via YouTube Music, Amazon, iTunes and Spotify.  The song’s musical arrangement presents a sound that will appeal to fans of acts, such as Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5 and Modest Mouse.  Its lyrical content seems to hint at the topic of relationships.  This is inferred as front man Steve Nathan sings, “You’ve got that something/It’s always been the one thing/That I needed/We’ve got this love/And it’s feeling like the weekend/Can’t you see…something in your eyes/It was a big surprise/That you come with me/Don’t wake me up/I’ve got to dream a little longer/Sometimes I’m feeling it/This feeling’s only getting stronger.”

‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ was mixed by Ken Lewis (X Ambassadors, Eminem, Bruno Mars).

More information on Don’t Believe in Ghosts’ new single is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.dontbelieveinghosts.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/DBIGhosts

 

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The Whizpops’ New LP Is A “Wildly” Fun New Offering For Audiences Of All Ages

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Courtesy: Th Whizpops/Sugar Mountain PR

Four years ago The Whizpops first broke out in the world of children’s music with the release of the band’s debut album Adventures of Stretch McCoy.  The sixteen song record was an impressive first impression for the band as it took listeners into the forest and presented songs about just some of the animals that call the forest home.  It was also the first time that the band had teamed up with the National Wildlife Federation and its mascot, Ranger Rick.  Now flash forward to 2016.  The band has teamed up with Ranger Rick and the NWF once again for its latest album Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1.  The band’s fourth new full-length studio recording, it is another fun musical trip into the wild.  That is due in part to the varied sounds presented throughout the album’s eleven songs.  The topics tackled within each song are just as important to the record’s presentation as its varied musical styles.  Last but hardly least of note in the record’s presentation is its sequencing.  Each elements plays its own important part in the record’s presentation.  Altogether they make Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1 yet another “wildly” fun record from The Whizpops.

Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1, is a “wildly” fun new offering from The Whizpops.  The band’s fourth full-length studio recording, it is also the third time that the Missoula, Montana-based band has taken listeners into the wild.  The first time was in 2012 in its debut album Adventures of Stretch McCoy.  Then in 2012, the band took listeners under the waves in Sea Blue Sea.  Now the band is headed back to the forest once again, even teaming with The National Wildlife Federation and its mascot Ranger Rick for the record, thus the album’s title.  One would think that considering that the band has already taken listeners out into nature not once but twice before, originality would be something hard to come by for a third time.  However the band managed to prove that misconception wrong in this record beginning with its varied musical styles.  The styles in question include hints of pop, blues, reggae, and even rock throughout the course of its eleven songs.  What’s more audiences will note some very familiar sounds in at least two of those songs.  ‘Black Footed Ferret’ is a prime example of that familiarity in musical styles.  The song sounds very similar to Maroon 5’s hit song ‘This Love.’  It’s not the only song that boasts a familiar sound.  ‘Everything’s Better With A Moustache (Walrus Song)’ is quite similar stylistically speaking, to certain Weezer songs right down to the use of the keyboards and vocal delivery style.  And ‘Monarch’ instantly conjures thoughts of Bob Marley and the Whalers both with its musical arrangement and vocals.  Ironically, it’s a song about Monarch Butterflies.  Strangely enough the juxtaposition of that lyrical and musical content works.  That will be discussed later.  For now however, it should be clear through these examples just why the album’s musical diversity is so important to its presentation.  They are just a few of the songs that could be cited in supporting that argument, too.  ‘Polar Bear’ takes listeners back to the days when Disco was king.  ‘Gulo Gulo (Wolverine)’ is based on a solid hip-hop/Dixieland hybrid sound and ‘Extinction Really Stinks’ offers up its own interest.  The song’s chorus makes listeners think of older, celebrity-driven songs such as ‘We Are The World’ and ‘Do Thy Know It’s Christmas.’  At the same time the song’s piano intro is somewhat similar to Motley Crue’s ‘Home Sweet Home.’  There are even other sections in the song that conjure thoughts of Elton John due to the piano arrangement in said sections.  It is enough to really stand out quite starkly from the album’s other songs.  Whether through that song or any of the others cited here, it should be clear just why the musical arrangements presented in Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1 is so important to its presentation.  The arrangements in question are collectively just one part of what makes this record so “wildly” fun.  The topics that are tackled in the course of the record’s thirty-five minute run time are just as important to its presentation as its varied musical styles.

The varied musical styles presented throughout the course of The Whizpops’ new record are important in their own right to the record’s overall presentation.  They boast sounds that some might find very familiar and sounds that are entirely original.  They are, collectively speaking, just part of what makes this album such a “wildly” fun offering from the band.  The topics (animals) that are tackled in the record play their own part in the album’s fun.  What’s really interesting in noting the different animals here is that not all of them live in the forest.  The walrus and polar bear are both native to the Earth’s Arctic region while the Monarch Butterfly is native to many regions of the United States, even breeding in Mexico.  Even more contrast is that of the bison, swift fox, California Condor, and Pika.  These animals are spread out across America’s various regions from the plains (Bison, Swift Fox, and Black Footed Ferrit) of the Midwest to the mountains and cooler climes of the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest (Pika—pronounced py-kuh), to the west coast and southwest (California Condor) the animals featured here come from every corner of the country and beyond.  That’s just the top of the iceberg, too.  The song’s don’t just feature the animals in question but what makes each animal unique from the others.  The case of the ‘California Condor’ is just one example of that specific notation.  The song notes how the California Condor is nature’s garbage man.  ‘Bison’ addresses the impact that humans have had on the once great masters of the plains.  ‘Gulo Gulo’ discusses Wolverines’ scavenging nature and the importance of that behavior within their larger ecosystem.  ‘Black Footed Ferret’ approaches the relationship that the role of the animals in question to their prey (prairie dogs) and other unique properties of the ferret.  It’s just one more way in which the album’s lyrical content proves so important to the album’s presentation.  The rest of the album’s songs could be cited just as easily in that statement, too.  All things considered the combination of the songs’ musical and lyrical content makes even clearer why this new record is such a “wildly” fun new offering from The Whizpops.  They are not the only key elements to the record’s presentation.  The album’s sequencing is the last of its most notable elements.

The musical and lyrical content presented in The Whizpops’ new record are both key in their own way to the album’s overall presentation.  That is because of the entertainment and educational content that they offer.  They are not the album’s only important elements.  The album’s sequencing is just as important to note as its overall content.  Audiences will note in listening through the record that it maintains a relatively steady energy throughout the majority of the record’s body.  The only point at which it even remotely lays back is in ‘Monarch.’  And even at that point, the energy only pulls back a little at the most.  That reserved vibe follows the band on through to the end of the album even as powerful as that last song becomes in its chorus.  The end result of the album’s sequencing is an album that will keep listeners engaged with its expertly balanced energy.  That energy, when coupled with the album’s musical and lyrical content, makes for an album that will not only keep listeners engaged but entertained, too.  All things considered, Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Volume 1 a “wildly” fun new offering from The Whizpops.

The Whizpops’ new album Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Volume 1 is a “wildly” fun new offering for audiences of all ages.  That is due in part to a musical variety that will entertain listeners of all ages.  There are some original pieces that will entertain younger listeners set right alongside other pieces that older audiences will appreciate, too.  That is thanks to the the similarity of those songs, stylistically speaking, to acts that only those older audiences will know (I.E. Weezer, Maroon 5, Motley Crue, Elton John).  That mix of far-reaching musical content is just one part of what makes the album so enjoyable.  The album’s lyrical content plays its own important part in the record’s presentation, too.  That is because of the equally wide range of animals featured throughout the body of the record.  The expertly-balanced energy in the album’s sequencing rounds out the record’s presentation.  It is just as certain to keep listeners engaged as the songs’ musical and lyrical content is to keep them entertained.  Each element proves its own importance in the bigger picture of the record.  Altogether they make this album, again, a “wildly” fun record for audiences of all ages.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Volume 1 is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

Website: http://www.thewhizpops.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thewhizpops

 

 

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Peter Cincotti successfully re-invents himself again on new lp

Peter Cincotti is quite the interesting artist.  Audiences and critics alike likened him to the next Harry Connick, Jr. on the release of his first two records.  Then on his third full length release, “East of Angel Town”, Cincotti surprised everybody by re-inventing himself in a more pop sense.  Now with his fourth full length release, “Metropolis”, Cincotti has re-invented himself yet again.  “Metropolis” is an interesting mix of pop sensibility and borderline techno that even brings along some elements of “East of Angel Town.”

The album’s opener/title track is a techno-esque piece is unlike anything that Cincotti has recorded before.  But it’s a fitting open as it lets audiences know right up front that this is an entirely different record from his previous releases.  He follows that up with a straight forward rock style song in ‘My Religion.’  He sings of how he simply can’t get a certain woman out of his mind in this piece.  He sings, “I’m making you my religion.”  That’s not to mean he’s obsessed with said woman.  Rather, he’s just all about her.  The dance/rock combo style makes for a really interesting listen.

The first two songs on “Metropolis” are quite the change from the sound on Cincotti’s first three albums.  And just when listeners think that Cincotti can’t change things up any more, he switches gears again on ‘Do or Die.’  This song is an excellent radio friendly single that could help to springboard Peter Cincotti to major mainstream fame.  In ‘Do or Die’, Cincotti sings about trying to figure out how to talk to a woman in whom he’s interested.  He sings, “It’s do or die\for you and I\I can’t let it just pass me by\without knowing\if we’ll ever get together…I need a topic of conversation\Something a little more than\ hi, how ya doin’ laet me get your number\Don’t wanna be that guy.”  He goes on about what he’s thinking in his head what he could say to strike up a conversation with the woman in question.  The catchy little keyboard riff near the song’s end adds a little “spice” to the song.  It makes it that much catchier and poppier. If ever there were a lead off single for this album, ‘Do or Die is it. 

‘Do or Die’ isn’t the only radio ready single on “Metropolis.”  ‘Nothing’s Enough’ is another great song.  It comes across as social commentary of sorts on our obsession with excesses. Hee sings, “I’m on by blackberry while I’m running on the treadmill/on my bluetooth talkin’/trying to keep my head still/Got the tv on/flippin’ through the channels browsin’/Why stay on one when ya got 2,000.”  He also makes mention of people that don’t stay faithful in their relationship because they just have to have more than that one person.  As poppy as the song is, it comes across as a scathing indictment of our culture of excess, warning of the dangers of it.  The combination of the catchy music and the hard hitting lyrics makes this another of the highlights of “Metropolis.” 

Speaking of relationships, another of the album’s highlights is another relationship based song in ‘Fit You better.’  Cincotti sings on this song, “We’re the perfect opposites\When you gonna see?\No one goes with you better or gets you better\No one’s ever gonna fit you better than me.”  The funny thing of this song is that it’s in direct contradiction to ‘Do or Die.’  With ‘Do or Die’, listeners got a glimpse of someone who was really nervous aroudn a certain female character.  ‘Fit You Better’ presents a male lead who is much more self confident.  And he lets his female interest know it.

While ‘Do or Die’ and ‘Fit You Better’ show two entirely different sides of a certain individual, there’s one more song that shows a wholly different side in itself.  That song is ‘Forever and Always.’  Cincotti sings on this track, “I tried like hell to fight this feeling\told myself, it’s nothing more\than just another phase I’m going through\I tried to keep it nice and simple\be the guy I was before\And not do anything he wouldn’t do\But everytime I’d pull in the reins\go back to short term me I used to call it\it’s not the same.”  This isn’t the first song of its style.  But there’s a certain catchiness to the music that makes it another great, catchy up-tempo radio ready single. 

“Metropolis” is quite the change for Peter Cincotti from his self titled, jazz themed debut record that was released over nine years ago.  In all the changes that he’s shown from that debut to where he is now, Peter Cincotti has proven why he is the great artist that he is.  He reinvents himself, rather than taking the easy way out and being redundant with his sound.  If the key to comedy is timing, then he has proven that the key to sucess in the entertainment business truly is originality.  He has taken risks over and over.  And every risk has proven a good one.  This time is no different.  Even if it doesn’t break him out to mainstream pop success, “Metropolis” has proven Peter Cincotti to be not only one of the best jazz or pop artists of the current era, but one of the greatest artists period of his time.

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