Soul Asylum Announces Release Date, Cover Art For New EP

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Soul Asylum will release its next record this fall.

The band is scheduled to release its new digital EP Born Free Oct. 16 through Blue Elan Records.  The record featured acoustic re-imaginings of songs from the band’s latest album Hurry Up and Wait.  The album was released April 17 through Blue Elan Records.

The songs featured in the forthcoming recording were produced shortly after the release of Hurry Up and Wait while front man Dave Pirner and his band mates were forced to stay indoors due to the “safer at home” orders passed nationwide.  Pirner and Soul Asylum guitarist Ryan Smith’s streaming quarantine sessions, which took place live from Pirner’s living room, were what led to the creation of the acoustic takes.

One of the acoustic takes featured in the forthcoming EP, ‘If I Told You‘ is streaming now.

Pirner talked about the creative process in a recent interview.

“After I get the main idea for the song and have roughly figured out how to play it I show it to Ryan and then we play it together,” he said. “So, in a way, this is kind of showing how the songs were before we added the rhythm section. It’s fun to cut live in the studio; there’s no going back and you can’t fix it. It’s unembellished, therefore hopefully interesting.”

In other news, Pirner and Smith are scheduled to perform live at 9 p.m. ET tonight on American Songwriter’s Instagram.  Additionally, the band will take part in this year’s rescheduled Record Store Day, which is scheduled to take place Oct. 24.

The band will re-issue Hurry Up And Wait on a 2LP vinyl set with bonus 7-inch vinyl that features two previously unreleased songs — a cover of the timeless country song ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ and an acoustic take of the band’s hit song ‘We 3.’  That song originally appeared on the band’s 1990 album And The Horse They Rode In On, and then later on the soundtrack for the 1997 movie Chasing Amy.

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Lutharo Debuts ‘Blood Lightning’ Video

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Independent hard rock band Lutharo debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Blood Lightning’ Thursday through Metal Injection.  The song is the second single from the band’s new EP Wings of Agony, which was released March 27.  The band debuted the video for the EP’s lead single/title track on Feb. 26.

The musical arrangement at the center of Lutharo’s new single presents a powerful death metal style approach through its guitar and drums.  Front woman Krista Shipperbottom’s vocal delivery style, which shows her ability to handle clean vocals and screams, adds to the song’s punch, as does the steady bass line of Chris Pacey.  The arrangement in whole will appeal to fans of bands, such as Arch Enemy, Unleash The Archers, and Amon Amarth.

The song’s lyrical theme matches the energy in its musical arrangement, as the band explained in a prepared statement.

“The song ‘Blood Lightning’ is about having such an extreme passion for something so much so that it sets your soul on fire, for better or for worse,” the statement reads. “It is the endless struggle of putting your blood, sweat, and tears into something and receiving next to nothing in return. However, when you do catch a glimpse of your progress, it is enough to keep pushing forward even when you are constantly being beaten down and put to war. The music video for ‘Blood Lightning’ showcases all of the physical, emotional, financial, etc. Hard work that is put into pursuing your dreams in music.”

“The shots taken to look like the set of a video shoot are meant to resemble the business aspect/behind the scenes work of being a musician, but also the high of performing live and seeing your visions come to life, while the single shots of each member in the middle of a storm are meant to display the emotional sacrifices and hardships that each individual goes through,” the statement further reads.

Wings of Agony‘s track listing is noted below.

 

Track Listing:
1. Barren (5:21)
2. Diamond Back (4:31)
3. Blood Lightning (4:41)
4. Will to Survive (5:09)
5. Wings of Agony (6:02)
EP Length: 25:45

 

More information on Lutharo’s new single, video and EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.lutharo.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Lutharoband

 

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Arrow Video Announces Release Date, Specs For ‘Flash Gordon’ Re-Issue

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Arrow Video is resurrecting the classic science fiction flick Flash Gordon.

The studio is scheduled to re-issue Starling Films/Famous Films/Dino De Laurentiis Company’s 1980 movie Aug. 18 on 4KUHD/BD combo pack and standalone Blu-ray.

The movie’s story follows American football star Flash (Sam J. Jones — Jane and the Lost City, Code Red, Ted), as he is kidnapped by beings from another world along with his girlfriend Dale Arden (Melody Anderson — FirewalkerBattlestar GalacticaDead & Buried) and their friend Dr. Hans Zarkov (Topol — Fiddler on the Roof, For Your Eyes Only, Sallah), while aboard Zarkov’s rocket.  The trio is taken back to planet Mongo, which is ruled by Ming The Merciless (played by Max Von Sydow — The Seventh SealMinority ReportThe Tudors).  Ming wants to take Dale from Flash, and destroy Earth.

Complicating things even more for Flash is that Ming’s daughter Princess Aura (Ornella Muti — OscarFirst Love, The Most Beautiful Wife) is romantically pursuing Flash.  Between dealing with her, trying to save Dale and keep Ming from destroying Earth, Flash has his hands full.

The forthcoming re-issue will feature a companion booklet with new liner notes on the movie penned by a variety of film critics and historians; separate feature length audio commentaries by Mike Hodges and Brian Blessed; cast interviews; a behind-the-scenes making of featurette; archival interview with Mike Hodges, screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr. and comic book artist Alex Ross as well as much more.

Francesco Simeoni, Arrow Video’s Director of Acquisitions and Business Development, said in a prepared statement, he was looking forward to the movie’s re-issue.

“We are proud to announce that we have decided to launch our first 4K Ultra HD titles,” said Simeoni. “At Arrow we have always sought to have the best standards in home video presentation so it seemed a logical step that we would embrace this new format, to present you with the best versions of the finest cult and classic films.”

 

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

In other news, independent rock band The Lonely Ones recently debuted the video for its cover of Queen’s performance of the Flash Gordon theme song and its companion song ‘Hero.’  The video features the band performing its take on the song in a studio setting, complete with sound effects and audio from the original movie.

The band’s take on the song pays full tribute to Queen’s version of the classic work.  The Lonely Ones’ rendition is longer than that of Queen, with the original clocking in at just under three minutes and the cover coming in at five-and-a-half-minutes.  Even with that in mind, the band’s cover is still very much in line with Queen’s original work.

The band talked about its take on the song in a collective statement.

“We recorded Flash in 2019 – a pretty dark year for the four of us on all fronts,” the statement reads. Our original musical output reflected that darkness, so recording a cartoonishly triumphant, heroic cover song seemed like a good counter-balance. Fast forward to spring 2020 and the impending COVID-19 Stay at Home order. With limited time and help from some fans we got our friends together to film a music video while we were still able. It’s July now and, with the future more unclear than ever, it seems like the perfect time to release the most positive song we have.  I hope you enjoy it. “Flash/The Hero. A Queen Cover.”

It should be noted that the band’s premiere of its new cover is not connected with the movie’s forthcoming re-issue.  It is merely coincidence.

More information on The Lonely Ones’ cover of ‘Flash Gordon’/’The Hero’ is available along with all of the band’s latest news at The Lonely Ones’ official Facebook page.

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Gibb, Rymer’s New Album Is A Work That Families Across Both Sides Of The Pond Will Enjoy

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It’s amazing sometimes, what something as simple as a compliment can do.  Three years ago, David Gibb sent an email to Brady Rymer offering his compliments to Rymer for his body of work.  That chance email bearing a simple compliment was the catalyst for a friendship that since then, has gone on to produce a new album from each artist that features the other.  It also has led to the creation of a collaborative record from the duo that is scheduled for release Friday through Bumblin’ Bees/Little Seeds/SGO in the form of Songs Across The Pond.  The title comes from the fact that the friends live on either side of the Atlantic, one in the United States and the other in Great Britain.  The 12-song record is a work that is certain to appeal to listeners of all ages.  That is due in part to its featured musical arrangements, which will be addressed shortly.  The album’s accessible lyrical content adds to its appeal and will be discussed a little later.  Its sequencing rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  All three items noted here are key in their own way to the whole of this recording.  All things considered, they make Songs Across The Pond a work that families on both sides of the pond will enjoy.

David Gibb and Brady Rymer’s new collaboration album Songs Across the Pond is a successful offering from the duo.  That is due in part to the record’s musical arrangements.  The arrangements give audiences plenty to appreciate in themselves.  This is proven right from the album’s outset in its title track/opener.  The keyboard, guitars and vocal delivery join with the horns, bass and choral lines to create a blues-infused song composition that lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Susan Tedeschi.  ‘Two Towns,’ the albums second song, meanwhile presents a distinct 80s-infused sound in its arrangement.  That is made clear through the combined vocal delivery style, piano line and guitars.  As the album makes its way into its third song, ‘Hey There,’ one can easily make a comparison between this song’s arrangement to works from say Gin Blossoms and – to a lesser extent – Wilson Phillips.  It is very much a 90s pop sort of sensibility.  Things change even more in the album’s fourth song, ‘Living in a Beatles Song.’  This song is arguably the album’s best song both because of its musical arrangement and its lyrical content.  The song’s musical arrangement itself is a direct tribute to the music of The Beatles, complete with the harmonica line from the band’s timeless song ‘Love Me Do.’  Gibb and Brady keep things quite interesting as they move into ‘Summertime Soul.’  There is a distinct classic pop rock influence in this song.  At the same time though, there is also a bit of a modern indie-pop sensibility to the song.  The modern folk approach taken in ‘Travelling David’ – the album’s midpoint – changes things up once more, keeping things interesting up to that point.  Listeners’ engagement and entertainment continues from that point on to the album’s end, as the arrangements continue changing style throughout the second half of the record.  Keeping all of this in mind, the musical content featured throughout Songs Across The Pond forms a solid foundation for its presentation.  It will appeal just as much to adults as to children.  It is just one part of what makes this album a success.  The album’s lyrical content adds its own share of appeal to its presentation.

The lyrical content featured throughout Songs Across The Pond are crucial to its presentation because they are just as accessible to listeners of all ages as their musical counterparts.  Case in point is the lyrical content featured in ‘Living in a Beatles Song.’  The duo pays tribute to so many Beatles songs here, including but not limited to ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, ‘Yellow Submarine’ and ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand.’  Throughout the course of the three-minute-plus song, that lyrical tribute is in whole, its own full-length tribute to The Beatles and their influence.  Yes, there are bands out there who are more well known than Gibb and Rymer, who have also paid tribute to The Beatles, but few if any have done so in the fashion of this duo.  It truly is a unique presentation in its own right.  ‘Two Towns’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  On the surface, this song features Gibb and Rymer singing about the traditions of their own countries.  There is a note about Halloween and Christmas – apparently Father Christmas “comes down to the river on a boat full of presents and sweets in Great Britain according to this song.  Meanwhile on this side of the Atlantic, people dress up their pets on Halloween, and festivals that celebrate agriculture and even crown a Strawberry Queen.” On a deeper level, this song is a starting point for discussions about cultural diversity.  Whether that function was manifest or latent is anyone’s guess, but it is there nonetheless.  What’s more, that discussion is needed and welcome in homes and classrooms especially now more than ever.  It is just one more way in which the album’s lyrical content proves so critical to its presentation.  ‘Get Up With Me and Dance’ is yet another way in which the album’s lyrical content proves so important to its presentation.  This is another of those songs that serves a dual purpose.  On the surface, it is a song that promotes dancing.  On another level, it is a song that promotes and celebrates the joy that it can and does bring to a person.  It goes so far as to even note, “It’s amazing what a song can do/If you don’t’ believe me/Then I’ll prove it to you/’Cause when a song makes you shiver down into your bones/It gives you a feeling/A feeling like you’re home/It might make you laugh/Or it might make you cry/It doesn’t really matter/Just welcome it inside.”  Again, this is promoting joy and just letting one’s self let go and let all those emotions out.  This is a message that will appeal to listeners of all ages any time, not just now during the stressful times caused by everything happening in the world.  When this positive, uplifting content is considered along with the rest of the album’s lyrical content, that whole strengthens the album’s presentation even more, proving that much more why this record is such an appealing presentation.  Together with the album’s musical content, the overall content proves itself unquestionably crucial to the album’s presentation and more than enough reason for audiences to hear this record.  Even with all of this in mind, it still is not the last of the album’s most important elements.  Its sequencing rounds out its most important items.

The sequencing of Songs Across The Pond ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment because it keeps the album’s energy stable throughout.  The 41-minute record’s bluesy, mid-tempo opener is a stable opener.  That energy stays relatively stable throughout.  That is the case even as the musical styles change from one song to the next.  The only time when the album pulls back is its finale, ‘Happy To Be Going Home.’  The song’s arrangement is a reserved composition that conjures thoughts of Bob Dylan and Don Mclean, but is still a happy work even with that reserved nature.  That ability to so expertly balance the album’s varied musical influences and energies says a lot about those responsible for the album’s sequencing.  The result is an album that keeps ensures even more, listeners’ maintained engagement and entertainment through that thought.  When this is considered along with the impact of the album’s content by itself, the whole of the album proves unquestionably that it deserves its own spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new family music albums.

David Gibb and Brady Rymer’s new collaborative album Songs Across The Pond is a work that the whole family will appreciate.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements, which find themselves accessible to listeners of all ages, taking listeners back to the golden age of folk and rock and even back to the 90s.  The album’s lyrical content is just as accessible to listeners of all ages as its musical content.  Sometimes the messages in the album’s lyrical content are simple.  At others, they are actually quite deep.  The album’s sequencing puts the finishing touch to its presentation.  Each noted item is key in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make the album another welcome addition to this year’s field of new family music offerings.  It is scheduled for release Friday through Bumblin’ Bee/Little Seeds/SGO.

 

More information on the album is available along with David Gibb’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.davidgibb.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/DavidGibb

 

 

More information on the album is available along with Brady Rymer’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/BradyRymer

 

 

 

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Angeles Debuts ‘Celebrate’ Video

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Rock band Angeles debuted its latest video over the weekend.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘Celebrate‘ Sunday.  The video’s debut comes approximately a month after the band debuted the song by itself.  The song is featured in the band’s latest album Hell on High Heels.

The video features the band in various scenarios, including in preparation for its live shows, communing together and separately, signing copies of its new album, in office settings and more.

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Celebrate’ is an upbeat, positive work that lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of Poison, Ratt, and Motley Crue.  The noted musical arrangement fits the song’s lyrical theme, which touts the joy of just being together with friends and family.  It is that full-on happy, upbeat party rock sound that was so popular during that age of big guitar riffs and even bigger hair.  The positive vibe exuded by the song’s musical arrangement does well to help convey the sense of joy that is exhibited through the song’s lyrical content.

Collins sings in the song’s lead verse, “Slip on my boots/And get my head on right/We’re going to a rock and roll show/meet up with the boys/And we’re heading to the club/We’re fired up and ready to go/Raise a glass tonight and let’s celebrate/It’s only midnight and it’s not too late.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “The drinks are flowing/And the music’s pumping/We’re having a real good time/the pretty girls are dancing and they’re looking at me/Gonna make one of ‘em mine/Sweet little Susie’s coming home with me/And we’re gonna set the night on fire/We’re back to my place and we have some fun/burnin’ like a funeral pyre.”  From there, the story continues, telling about the morning after that night of celebration with friends and what followed.  Little Suzie stayed the night and left the next afternoon, not to give away too much.  From there, Collins sings about working hard all week and in turn, celebrating on the weekend.  It’s never revealed if the song’s subject saw little Susie again.  That is left to the listener’s imagination.  That aside, the overall…well..celebratory nature of this song musically and lyrically makes it a work that lives up to its name and will assuredly keep listeners engaged and entertained what with that throwback musical and lyrical style.

The video for ‘Celebrate’ is just one of the marks that Angeles noted over the weekend.  The band also debuted the video for its single ‘Heal The Wounds‘ last month.

The video treatment for ‘Heal The Wounds’ puts the band into what is meant to reflect a live setting.  The song’s musical arrangement is much like that of ‘Celebrate, reflecting the noted influences.  The song’s lyrical theme comes across as focusing on just getting over things that happened in the past.  It serves as a reminder to listeners that “time will heal the wounds,” as front man Louis Collins sings in the song’s chorus.

Much as is the case with ‘Celebrate,’ this song’s arrangement is another full-on throwback to the guitar-laden rock that made the 80s such a notable musical era.  While the stylistic approach is the same, the sound is anything but.  This song’s musical arrangement is more akin to Poison’s ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn’ and some older works from Bon Jovi.  It starts off soft and simple before becoming much more bombastic yet still ballad-esque in the same stylistic vein of the noted older works.  That familiar stylistic approach will appeal to the already mentioned audiences just as much as the arrangement featured in ‘Celebrate.’  It goes well with the contemplative nature in the song’s lyrical theme, which serves as a reminder to listeners that “time will heal the wounds,” of a broken relationship, as front man Louis Collins sings in the song’s chorus.

Collins sings sings in the song’s lead verse, “I’m all out of things to say/Out of tears to cry/All out of thoughts…Can barely let out a sigh/the memories and time/All pas me by/See you on the street/Makes me wanna die/Time will heal the wounds/Time will kill the pain.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “I’m all out of whisky/I’m down to my last cigarette/Trying to get it together/I haven’t figured it out just yet/Sleepless nights, they haunt me/I’m laying down in a cold sweat/It’s time for me to go/It’s time to raise my bet/’Cause time will heal the wounds/Time will kill the pain.”  Following this point, listeners are presented the story of the actual breakup and the subject’s emotional recovery from that breakup.  It would explain the much more uplifting sound that gradually develops through the remainder of the song.  Considering that the song’s subject reminds himself that time will heal the wounds and kill the pain, this is a key to continuing to make sure this song connects just as easily with listeners through its words as much as through its music.

Hell on High Heels is available now.  The album’s track listing and recording information is noted below.

 

Hell On High Heels tracklisting:
1. Hell On High Heels – Lytle/Collins – 4:43
2. Celebrate – Lytle/Collins – 3:37
3. Heal The Wounds – Lytle/Collins – 3:52
4. Apocalypse – Lytle/Collins – 4:24
5. Start Living – Lytle/Collins – 2:58
6. Rolling Like Thunder – Lytle/Collins – 3:56
7. Run – Lytle/Collins – 3:06
8. Holly Fenton – Merrit/James – 3:22

 

Music recorded at Clear Lake Recording Studios N. Hollywood CA – Ara Sarkisian.
Vocals recorded at MT Studios Burbank CA – Matt Thorne.
Produced by Dale Lytle and Matt Thorne
Mixed and mastered by Matt Thorne
Front cover by Jeffrey A. Swanson
Back cover by Connie Lytle
Graphic Design by Monarch Digital Design

 

More information on Angeles’ new album is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

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Paramount, CBS Announce Release Date For ‘Star Trek Picard: Season 1’

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Paramount and CBS are bringing CBS All Access’ latest Star Trek series to DVD and Blu-ray.

The series’ first season is scheduled for release Oct. 6 on each platform.  The 10-season debut season follows now retired Starfleet Admiral Jean-Luc Picard as he comes out of retirement an embarks on a whole new journey.  It begins 20 years after the events of the last of the Star TrekTNG movies, Nemesis (2002).  Data’s death and the destruction of the planet Romulus have had a deep emotional impact on him.

When a mysterious young woman named Dahj (Isa Briones — TakersLonely BoyBrown Soup Thing) approaches Picard for help, he realizes she might have a connection to his own past.

Season One also stars Harry Treadaway (The Lone RangerHoneymoonCity of Ember), Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. The WorldMilkDan in Real Life), Evan Evagora (Fantasy Island), Michelle Hurd (BlindspotAsh vs. Evil DeadLethal Weapon TV series), and Santiago Cabrera (Big Little LiesTransformersThe Last KnightHeroes).

More information on Star Trek Picard and other CBS and CBS All Access series is available at:

 

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Disciples Of Verity Debuts Video For ‘Unsteady’ Cover

Disciples of Verity is taking X Ambassadors’ hit song ‘Unsteady.’

The band debuted the video for its cover of the song Friday through Loudwire.  While DOV’s cover stays largely true to its source material, the heavy guitars and drums add a new edge to the song, giving it a new identity that is just as interesting as the original composition from X Ambassadors.

Directed by Dale “Rage” Resteghini an produced by Kim Resteghini, the video features the band performing its cover of ‘Unsteady’ “in a remote area of New York state.

“It was an extreme honor rockin’ on set with exciting new band D.O.V. and their iconic front man Corey Glover,” said Dale. “The whole band brought their friends and family and they enjoyed all the high wattage and fire as the band delivered an incredible visceral performance!”

Drummer Corey Pierce expanded on Resteghini’s statement with his own thoughts.

“It was an incredible day in a life that has had many, many incredible days,” said Pierce. “We shot an amazing video with an incredible look built by the efforts of a team full of highly motivated and energized people. The finished product is way beyond the expectations any of us had. We could not have asked for a better crew, experience and finished product.”

Courtesy: Loudwire/Disciples of Verity

The debut of DOV’s cover of ‘Unsteady’ and its video comes more than a month after the band debuted the video for its then latest single ‘The Flow.’

The song is featured on the band’s forthcoming debut album Pragmatic Sanction, which is scheduled for release Aug. 7 through The Label Group and INgrooves.  Pre-orders for the album are open now.

The album’s third single, it comes more than five months after the band debuted the album’s second single, ‘Lying To Myself.’  That song featured a guest appearance by Phil Demmel (BPMD, ex-Machine Head, Vio-lence) on guitar.

The band debuted the album’s lead single ‘Worthy’ last year through a partnership with Revolver magazine.  The song featured a guest appearance by Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore) on guitar.

‘The Flow’ features a guest appearance by Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose, who said he was excited to be included in the song.

“Any time you get an opportunity to track music with a legend, you jump,” he said.  “The track f’n rips. Corey sounds better than ever.”

Rose’s addition to the song, coupled with the band’s members — Corey Glover (Living Colour, Bowie Experience), George Pond (ex-Negative Sky), Dannny Puma (Negative Sky), Corey Pierce (Ex-God Forbid) and Mark Monjoy (Sekond Skyn) — the song bears those hints of a Sevendust influence.

The song’s lyrical theme is heavy in its own right, according to a statement from Glover.

“The idea that the world isn’t giving you what you deserve is universal,” Glover said. “Given the unrest in the world, today it’s more than an idea.”

‘The Flow’ is available to stream and download here.

More information on Disciples of Verity’s new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news is available online at:

 

Websitehttps://disciplesofverity.bandcamp.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/DisciplesofVerity

 

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Pop Evil Debuts ‘Work’ Video

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Pop Evil debuted the video for one of its recently released singles this week.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘Work‘ Friday.  The video features people in a factory going day to day in the same rut over and over until one person breaks out of the rut, infiltrates the system so to speak and takes down the factory.

The video’s visuals are meant to illustrate the song’s lyrical theme.  Front man Leigh Kakaty discussed that theme early this year in an interview with Loudwire when the single debuted.  In talking about ‘Work,’ Kakaty said during his Loudwire interview, that the song’s lyrical theme centers  on the impact of work, technology and social media on our lives.  The interview is available to read in full here.

The steady, thumping drumbeat at the heart of the song’s arrangement and the force in the guitars serve to help illustrate that emotion.  the overall approach is another rap-rock approach that in this case, lends itself to comparisons to Imagine Dragons’ hit song ‘Radioactive.’

‘Work’ is available to stream and download here.

More information on Pop Evil’s new music is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.PopEvil.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/popevil

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/popevil

 

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Knotfest.com Adds Amon Amarth Concert To Streaming Series

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Knotfest.com has added Amon Amarth to its ongoing streaming concert series lineup.

The website will feature the band’s 2018 hybrid documentary/live recording The Pursuit of Vikings25 Years in the Eye of the Storm at 3 p.m. ET on July 31. As an added bonus, the stream will also feature a live chat with Amon Amarth’s members during the event.  The combo package was released Nov. 16, 2018 through Metal Blade Records.

The documentary takes audiences through the band’s rich history both in studio and on the road, and includes a wealth of interviews with the band through that time.  The double-live recording features two sets from the band, performed at the 2017 Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany.

Guitarist Olavi Mikkonen said in an interview ahead of the package’s release, the band was glad to have both performances together in one setting.

“For the first night, we wanted to write a set that the fans would enjoy by wholly diving into our back catalog, but also keeping it interesting,” Mikkonen said.  “Putting the two shows together also made us realize that we had a lot of songs to choose from!”

The original trailer for the package is streaming here.

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Aaron Nigel Smith Announces Release Date For New Live Recording

Courtesy: Aya World Productions/Tuff Gong International

Reggae artist Aaron Nigel Smith will release his first live album next month.

Smith is scheduled to release Live in LA Aug. 15 digitally through Aya World Productions and Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong International.  He will be joined by the 25-member 1 World Chorus children’s choir, which he founded, for the recording.

Smith talked about working with the choir in a recent interview.

“These kiddos really show up in a positive and enthusiastic way,” he said.  “Their energy helps to create such a great vibe throughout the concert. It is also meaningful to document a performance where my son plays such a key role. It’s a proud poppa moment for sure.”

A trailer for the forthcoming recording is streaming here.

Along with having founded the 1 World Chorus, Smith is also known for having created the Emmy Award-winning PBS Kids series Between The Lions.

Originally recorded last year during a performance at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA, the recording presents Smith and company performing some of the most well-known songs that Smith has recorded over the course of his 20-year career.  Among the most notable of the performances featured in the recording is a solo performance from Smith’s son, Zion Lion.

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