Ryan Hamilton Announces Record Store Day Re-Issue Of ‘1221’

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Ryan Hamilton will re-issue his latest album on vinyl this week in celebration of Record Store Day.

Hamilton will re-issue his album, 1221, on blue vinyl in a limited quantity of 1,000 copies. Hamilton had the following to say about the album’s re-issue.

“I’m a big supporter of local record stores, and I’m a huge fan of Record Store Day,” Hamilton said. “I would have been there anyway, so to have my album as a Record Store Day exclusive is not only a HUGE deal for me and Wicked Cool Records, it’s dream come true territory.”

Record Store Day is Saturday. A full list of the stores taking part in Record Store Day is available along with more information on Record Store Day at:

https://recordstoreday.com/PromotionalItem/14583

https://recordstoreday.com/UPC/687051938355

In related new,s Hamilton is scheduled to celebrate Record Store Day with a live in-store performance at Good Records in Dallas, TX. The performance is scheduled for 4 p.m. The store’s address is 9026 Garland Rd. Dallas, TX 75206.

In addition, Hamilton has a series of live dates scheduled for next month. Those dates are noted below.

5/5 Sellersville Theatre – Sellersville, PA (with Soraia, Kurt Baker)

5/6 Berlin – NYC (with Soraia, Kurt Baker)

5/8 Daryl’s House – Pawling, NY (with Soraia, Kurt Baker)

5/13 Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ (with Soraia, Kurt Baker)

UK:

6/2 Northcourt – Oxford, UK

6/3 Leestock Festival – Suffolk, UK

7/2 Maverick Festival – Suffolk, UK

10/12 Rescue Rooms – Nottingham, UK

10/13 Water Rats – London, UK

10/14 Waterloo Music Bar – Blackpool, UK

10/15 The Patriot – Newport, UK

10/16 Thekla – Bristol, UK

10/18 The Musician – Leicester, UK

10/19 The Crescent – York, UK

10/20 The Railway – Winchester, UK

10/21 The Greystones – Sheffield, UK

10/22 The Greystones – Sheffield, UK

10/23 Bannermans – Edinburgh, UK

10/26 Cluny – Newcastle, UK

10/27 The Stables – Milton Keynes

10/29 Stromness Town Hall – Orkney Islands, UK

10/30 – Green Hotel – Kinross, UK

More information on the album is available along with all of Ryan Hamilton’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://ryanhamiltonmusic.com

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/TheRyanHamilton

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Mickey Leigh’s Mutated Music Presents 2022’s First Great New Indie Album In ‘Variants Of Vibe’

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Musician/author Mickey Leigh and his band mates in Mickey Leigh’s Mutated Music are scheduled to release the group’s new album, Vairants of Vibe next week through Wicked Cool Records.  Set for release Feb. 18, the 14-song record has already shown great potential through the singles that it has already produced.  They have shown greatly, how the record’s musical arrangements and lyrical content make the record so enjoyable.  They are just a small sample of how that content makes the record engaging and entertaining, too.  The record boasts plenty of other songs that do just that, too.  ‘Brave Old World,’ which comes late in the album’s 40-minute run, is another solid example of the record’s strength.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Loneliness,’ which comes a little earlier in the album, is another good example of what makes the album worth hearing.  It will be discussed a little later.  Much the same can be said of ‘Spanish Eyes,’ which comes even earlier in the record.  It will also be examined later.  Each song noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  When they are considered along with the album’s singles and with the rest of the album’s other songs, the whole makes the album overall the first truly great new independent album.

Variants of Vibe, the new album from Mickey Leigh’s Mutated Music, is a truly promising offering from the group.  That is thanks to its featured musical arrangements, as its current singles have already shown.  They are just a sample of how that content makes the album so engaging and entertaining.  The record is full of interesting entries, not the least of which is the late entry, ‘Brave Old World.’  The musical arrangement featured in ‘Brave Old World’ is a great, catchy composition.  Leigh’s vocal delivery alone conjures thoughts of Tom Petty and Billy Joel.  Yes, that sounds like quite the odd pairing, but it really is evident here.  The Billy Joel comparison builds even more with the introduction of the saxophones and the way in which the rhythm section is accented here.  The subtle use of the piano alongside those elements builds even more on that comparison.  The thing is that even with such comparison, the less than two minute arrangement still boasts its own identity.  What’s more, even clocking in at less than two minutes, Leigh and company somehow manage to make the song feel more along the lines of a standard three-minute-plus work in the best way possible.  The group really makes the song last, which is certain to leave any listener fulfilled.  When the engagement and entertainment guaranteed by the arrangement pairs with the song’s lyrical theme, the song gains even more traction.

It is just this critic’s interpretation that the lyrical theme featured in ‘Brave Old World’ is that of someone just appreciating the world.  This is especially inferred as Leigh sings that “Nothing ever changes/But something changes every day/So I ain’t seen nothing like this/Brave old world.”  That brief statement speaks volumes.  It comes across as that old adage that the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Even as much as that is the case, the subject still seems to wonder at how much changes even as things stay the same.  It is a positive viewpoint that will resonate with audiences.  He continues, “Nothing’s here to stay/Except yesterday/And the day before that/Maybe true/But it’s not a fact/Still my heart/While you take another beat/Now don’t you feel smart/You better stand up/While you take your seat/They say that time is….But it never went away/I see the setting sun around me/In a brave old world.”  All of this collectively, with that final statement, paints a picture of someone who just seems to appreciate being alive, despite everything.  He is reminding others to make the most of each day.  Again, this is just this critic’s own interpretation.  When this seeming theme pairs with the equally upbeat, positive energy in the song’s musical arrangement, the whole makes the song a clear example of why the record’s musical and lyrical content makes it so enjoyable. 

‘Brave Old World’ is just one of the many songs that shows the album’s strength.  ‘Loneliness’ which comes a little earlier in the album’s run, is another example of how much that content has to offer audiences.  The song’s musical arrangement is a stark departure from that of ‘Brave Old World’ and the album’s other entries.  Where ‘Brave Old World’ presented a blend of influences from the likes of Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, ‘Loneliness’ presents clear influence from Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.  Leigh himself even somehow manages to make his voice morph into a blend of the two what with the drawl and gritty delivery style.  That, paired with the reserved guitar line and steady, plodding tempo points the finger to the noted influences even more.  When considered alongside the arrangement in ‘Brave Old World’ and in the album’s current singles, it is one more example of the diversity in sounds and styles in the album’s musical arrangements.  It is fully engaging and entertaining, too because of its richness.  When the depth in the arrangement pairs with the song’s lyrical theme, the song in whole becomes that much more engaging and entertaining.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Loneliness’ is about exactly that.  It is sung from the standpoint of someone who is all alone.  Thanks to the drawl that Leigh incorporates into his vocal delivery, some of the lyrics are difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference.  However, enough can be understood that listeners can infer this is literally about someone who is alone.  There is no direct reference about a broken relationship or anything of the sort.  It is, plain and simple, about being alone and the mental and emotional impact thereof.  The way in which Leigh delivers the seeming theme paints a picture of someone sitting alone at a table, glass and bottle in hand at one point.  At others, images of people just being alone in various situations arise.  It is all so rich, it makes for a perfect chance for a single and video.  Yes, that is a blatant recommendation to Leigh and everyone at Wicked Cool Records.  When the song’s lyrical theme and musical arrangement are combined, they make the song in whole yet another key example of what makes the album so enjoyable, and hardly the last, too.  ‘Spanish Fly,’ another of the album’s early entries, continues to show the album’s strength.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Spanish Fly’ is another change in sound and style for the album.  The arrangement, in this case, finds Leigh morphing his vocals yet again, this time making himself sound like none other than Billy Idol.  The production and the instrumentation adds to that comparison to works from the famed rocker, especially the pairing of the bass and drums with Leigh’s vocals.  The mid-tempo composition is another change in style, too.  It further adds to the arrangement’s overall uniqueness and in turn interest.  When the engagement and entertainment ensured through the song’s arrangement pairs with the song’s accessible lyrical theme, the whole becomes that much more enjoyable.


The lyrical theme featured in ‘Spanish Fly’ comes across as being sung by a man who is rather entranced by a woman.  This is inferred as Leigh sings, about the woman looking at him “with those Spanish eyes”.  He even sings in this song about the woman being his first love and being breathless from that first kiss.  In other words, this song is a love song.  It is just presented musically in a unique way that makes the all too familiar theme bearable.  When the song’s musical arrangement and lyrical theme are paired together, they make the song yet another example of just how much the song has to offer.  What’s more, when the song is considered along with the other songs examined here and with the album’s singles and other songs, the whole makes Variants of Vibe in whole a complete success.

Variants of Vibe, the new album from Mickey Leigh’s Mutated Music is a solid new offering of rock for fans of said genre. The album’s success is due to its musical and lyrical content.  All thee of the songs examined here do well to make that clear.  When they are considered along with the album’s current singles and with the rest of its songs, the whole makes the whole makes this record the first truly great new independent album of 2022.

Variants of Vibe is scheduled for release Feb. 18 through Wicked Cool Records.  More information on the album is available along with all of the latest news from Mickey Leigh’s Mutated Music at:

Websitehttp://mickeyleigh.com

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

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Mickey Leigh’s Mutated Music Debuts New Single, ‘Standing In The Dark’

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Musician/author Mickey Leigh and his band mates in Mutated Music debuted their latest single this week.

The group debuted the new single, ‘Standing in the Dark‘ Thursday. The song is the latest single from the group’s forthcoming album, Variants of Vibe, which is scheduled for release Feb. 18. ‘Standing in the Dark is the eighth (yes, eighth) single from the 14-song record. Audiences can pre-order the album here.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Standing in the Dark’ is an instantly infectious composition. The upbeat tempo and harmonies immediately lend themselves to comparison to some of the best works from Tom Petty. At the same time, the song manages to maintain its own identity along the way.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing its debut. No lyrics are provided with the song on YouTube, either. What can be inferred from what can be deciphered without lyrics is that the song’s lyrical theme seems to focus on someone trying to find direction in life. That is just this critic’s interpretation.

More information on Mickey Leigh and Mutated Music’s new single is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://mickeyleigh.com

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

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The Dollyrots Announces New Album Details, Live Dates; Debuts New Single’s Video

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The Dollyrots will open 2022 with a new collection of music.

The band announced through a news release Wednesday, it is scheduled to release its new compilation record, Down The Rabbit Hole Jan. 7 through Wicked Cool Records. The 24-song collection is a compilation of b-sides and rarities from the band, as well as covers performed by the band.

In anticipation of the record’s pending release, The Dollyrots premiered the lyric video for one of the record’s tracks, ‘Just Like All The Rest‘ Tuesday. The song features a catchy arrangement that is grounded in it bass and guitar lines. They and the vocals of singer Kelly Ogden join with equally rich sound of the drums to make the whole a work that will appeal equally to pop punk and rock fans alike.

The lyrical theme in this song is straight forward. It about a woman who is looking for a man who has certain standards and as she sings, “won’t settle for less.” It is an empowering message for the group’s female audiences.

The track listing for Down the Rabbit Hole is noted below.

Down The Rabbit Hole tracks-

DISC 1

Too Fun for My Health

Cloud Ten

Just Like All the Rest

Vibration

Little Miss Impossible

Get Radical (Dark Version)

Be My Leia (Electric)

Rebel Angel

Super Mega Ultraviolet

Valentine’s Day

Penny (Alt Version)

Nobody Else (Alt Version)

DISC 2

Breed

Stay

Ruby Soho

High School Never Ends

Walking on Sunshine

Da Doo Ron Ron / I Wanna Be Sedated

Punk Rock Girls

American Girl

Earth Angel

Dancing With Myself

Teenage Kicks

Do You Love Me

In other news, The Dollyrots has announced a new tour schedule in support of its new compilation and the new album on which it is working. The tour’s first leg is a North American leg that is scheduled to launch March 10 in Chicago, IL and to run through March 16 in St. Louis, MO. The Von Tramps are scheduled to serve as support for the tour.

The second leg of the tour will take The Dollyrots overseas to Europe and is scheduled to launch April 12 in Blackpool, England. The tour, which will see Bowling For Soup and Lit as support, is scheduled to run through April 23 in London, England.

Additionally, the band is scheduled to take part in the Great Rock n Roll Sea Cruise in Athens Greece from Aug. 18-23 with bands, such as The Dictators, and Buzzcocks. The band’s full tour schedule is noted below.

Upcoming tour dates:

w/ The Von Tramps

Thursday, March 10 Reggie’s Music Joint Chicago, IL

Friday, March 11 Uptown VFW Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, March 12 X-Ray Arcade Cudahy, WI

Sunday, March 13 Beachland Ballroom & Tavern Cleveland, OH

Monday, March 14 Rumba Cafe Columbus, OH

Tuesday, March 15 Melody Inn Indianapolis, IN

Wednesday, March 16 Old Rock House St Louis, MO

w/ Bowling for Soup & Lit

Tuesday, April 12 Empress Ballroom Blackpool, UK

Wednesday, April 13 O2 Academy Glasgow Glasgow, UK

Thursday, April 14 Grimsby Auditorium Grimsby, UK

Friday, April 15 Scarborough Spa Scarborough, UK

Saturday, April 16 O2 Academy Birmingham Birmingham, UK

Sunday, April 17 O2 Academy Bournemouth Bournemouth, UK

Monday, April 18 Riviera International Centre Torquay, UK

Tuesday, April 19 Brangwyn Hall Swansea, UK

Thursday, April 21 De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill On Sea, UK

Friday, April 22 Winter Gardens Margate, UK

Saturday, April 23 O2 Academy Brixton London, UK

w/ Buzzcocks, The Dictators, & more

Thursday, August 18 – August 23 Great Rock n Roll Sea Cruise Athens, Greece

More dates TBA

More information on The Dollyrots’ new compilation record and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.thedollyrots.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedollyrots

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thedollyrots

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‘1221’ Marks Another Success For Singer-Songwriter-Musician Ryan Hamilton

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Independent singer-songwriter Ryan Hamilton made a big splash last year with his album, Nowhere To Go But Everywhere alongside his band, The Harlequin Ghosts.  Now more than a year after the record’s release, Hamilton is scheduled to return Friday with its follow-up, his new solo record, 1221.  With barely more than a month left in the quickly aging year, most critics will agree the 12-song record has shaken up their lists of the year’s top new independent albums.  That is proven from the beginning to end of the 42-minute presentation through its musical and lyrical content alike.  ‘Déjà Vu I Love You’ is a prime example of the strength of that collective content.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Babies’ is another way in which the record’s overall content shows the album’s appeal.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Ready To Love Again,’ is yet another example of how much this record has to offer audiences.  It will also be discussed later.  When it is considered along with the other two songs noted her and with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole shows the record to be unquestionably one more of the year’s top new independent albums.

More than a year after the release of his then latest album, Nowhere To Go But Everywhere (which made its way to this critic’s list of 2020’s top new independent albums), Ryan Hamilton is set to go two for two with his new solo record, 1221.  Composed of singles that he released over the course of 2021, the record is yet another example of Hamilton’s talent as a singer, songwriter, and musician.  This is proven from beginning to end of this nearly 45-minute presentation from early on in its run.  ‘Déjà vu I Love You’ is a prime way in which this is proven.  The song’s appeal comes in part through its musical arrangement, which takes audiences back to the 90s right from its outset.  The combination of Hamilton’s vocals and the song’s instrumentation immediately lends the arrangement to comparison to works from the likes of Weezer, Marcy Playground, and so many other pop rock acts that rose to fame during the mid-90s.  The vocal harmonies and those crated by the bass and guitar are infectious from the song’s opening notes to its end.  The production that went into the song gives the whole, including the work on drums and bass, such a rich presentation.  Again, the whole is certain to completely engage and entertain audiences throughout the song’s three minute-plus run time.  The upbeat energy and positive vibes established through the arrangement work well with the song’s lyrical theme, which is the familiar topic of love found.

The theme of love found is obvious in ‘Déjà Vu I Love You’ right in the song’s title.  It is even more so as Hamilton sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “A slow dance/In the fast lane/The romance/The pleasure and the pain/You put your heart up/But then it fell/Because it feels right/Man, it’s heaven/But it’s how you make a promise/And you keep it/You wanna shout it/But it’s a secret/Hey, you got it wrong, man/But it’s right now/You can’t help it/You’re gonna shout it out loud/Baby, I love you/Baby, I love you/You give me déjà vu/Baby, I love you.”  If that is not proof enough of this song’s theme, then nothing is.  The rest of the song follows similarly in its lyrical theme, so there is really no need to continue from there.  Again, this so excited mood that is exemplified here matches so well with the energy and mood in the song’s arrangement.  When all of this is paired together, it makes the song a clear example of how much the album overall has to offer through its content.  ‘Babies’ is another example of the impact of the album’s content on its appeal.

‘Babies’ is quite opposite of ‘Déjà Vu I Love You’ both musically and lyrically.  Where the prior song is so optimistic and happy, this song’s musical arrangement is more of a folk-pop style composition in its musical arrangement.  In listening to this song’s arrangement, one can’t help but wonder if Hamilton perhaps took some influence from John Lennon and/or The Beatles or maybe even some from Bob Dylan and/or Bruce Springsteen here.  The arrangement has that sort of neo pop-folk approach in its light, contemplative mood and mid-tempo energy.  There is a sense of melancholy here, but it is not so strong that it will bring anyone down.  Rather, it is a contemplative melancholy that matches its lyrical counterpart well in its own right.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Babies’ is a social commentary, despite what its title might infer.  It is a commentary about the state of the world today.  This is made clear right from the song’s outset as Hamilton sings, “Little babies/In bathrooms/Getting high/Little babies/In little cars/Flying by/Geneation X/Generation Y/The world’s so hard sometimes/It makes me cry/And where we are/That’s where we will be/Everything changes as far as I can see/But one thing stays the same/Everybody’s always looking for someone to blame.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Little babies holding whips/Sinking boats and building ships/And bright, blue buildings in the sky/And never wondering/Why/God made it all to be destroyed/Every baby girl and every baby boy/Everything you do is safe/The only thing you’ll ever have is today.”  The added notes of “little babies looking for flags to burn” and everybody being afraid adds even more to that commentary. The fully, straight forward fashion in which Hamilton delivers the commentary avoids any preachy nature while still presenting so much depth.  It makes the song so much more accessible even with the theme being so familiar across the musical universe.  That, considered along with the song’s arrangement, makes for even more accessibility and in turn shows that much more what makes 1221 in whole such an enjoyable presentation.  It is hardly the last of the record’s most notable songs.  ‘Ready To Love Again,’ the record’s closer is yet another of the most notable of the album’s songs.

‘Ready To Love Again’ is notable because as with the other songs examined here, its arrangement does so well to engage and entertain audiences.  The arrangement’s sound and instrumentation does just as well to help translate the mood and wording in the song’s lyrical theme.  As the song’s title infers, this is a song about someone who is apparently coming off of the heartbreak of a breakup.  Everybody who has ever been through a breakup knows the emotional difficulty of opening his/her heart back to love.  The somber tone exhibited by the simplicity of Hamilton’s vocals and the piano here does so well to translate those mixed emotions that one feels when they “might be ready to love again.”  The gentle tone from the cello alongside the piano adds even more emotional depth to the arrangement and translates that mood and mindset that so many people feel in this situation.  Kudos to Hamilton and all involved for their work here.  It made this arrangement so beautiful and powerful in its simplicity.

As noted, the lyrical theme that accompanies the musical arrangement in ‘Ready To Love Again’ is in fact about that very topic, being at that point of being cautiously ready to give love a chance again.  He translates that moment so well here lyrically, too as he sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “Built a big wall/One that won’t fall/I hope you’re real strong/Good luck getting’ through here/I’ve got a big heart/It’s covered in big scars/We’ve all got our reasons/And sad stories to tell/I think I might be ready/Think I might be ready to love again/I think I might be ready/Think I might be ready to love again.  He continues in the song’s second verse, “No more small talk/Let’s go for a long walk/Take my hand/And hold on tight/Broken hearted/But just getting started/I know you’ve got questions/And to tell you the truth/I think I might be ready/Think I might be ready to love again/I think I might be ready/Think I might be ready to love again.”  The cautious optimism that Hamilton’s subject expresses here will connect with any listener.  The manner in which he delivered that optimism through the song’s lyrical presentation is just so moving, along with the song’s musical arrangement.  When the two items are joined, they show even more clearly at this point why this song stands out among the album’s entries.  When it is considered along with the other songs examined here and with the rest of the album’s songs, the whole of 1221 becomes a work that is a complete joy and success from start to end.  It is a presentation that as with its predecessor, is among the best of the year’s new independent albums.

Ryan Hamilton’s new, forthcoming album 1221 is another strong new offering from the singer-songwriter-musician.   It has much to offer audiences both in its musical and lyrical content.  The songs examined here do well to support the noted statements.  They openly exemplify the accessibility of that content and the entertainment that said accessibility generates, too.  The same applies to the record’s other songs, too.  All things considered, the content examined here and that which makes up the rest of this album makes the record another successful offering from Hamilton that is among the best of this year’s new independent albums.

1221 is scheduled for release Friday through Wicked Cool Records. More information on the album is available along with all of Ryan Hamilton’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://ryanhamiltonmusic.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/RyanHamiltonandTheHarlequinGhosts

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/TheRyanHamilton

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Ryan Hamilton Announces New Album Details

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Singer-Songwriter Ryan Hamilton is scheduled to release his new album next week.

The announcement was made Friday through a news release. The document states that the record, 1221, is scheduled for release Nov. 26 through Wicked Cool Records. Its body will consist of all of the standalone singles that Hamilton has released this year.

The 12 songs that make up the record’s body are originals and collaborations with the likes of Bob Schneider and Chuck Prophet. Covers of songs from acts, such as Catherine Wheel, The Refreshments, and The Spin Doctors are also featured in the record.

The record’s track listing is noted below.

‘1221’ Track Listing

1. How Could You Want Him (When You Know You Could Have Me)

2. Deja Vu I Love You

3. Caught up in a Moment

4. Satellite

5. Babies

6. Shots Fired

7. Big Man

8. Permanent Holiday

9. Banditos

10. Do the Damage

11. If Life Was a Movie

12. Ready to Love Again

In other news, Hamilton is scheduled to host a new livestream concert, dubbed “Holiday Hoedown,” Dec. 9. Tickets are available here. The livestream concert will broadcast live from the Historic Church in Stephenville, TX.

Each ticket for the livestream concert comes with a free download of the concert following its conclusion. “Doors” open one hour prior to the concert. A trailer for the concert is streaming here.

More information on Ryan Hamilton’s new album and livestream concert is available along with all of his latest news at:

Website: https://www.ryanhamiltonmusic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RyanHamiltonandTheHarlequinGhosts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRyanHamilton

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Steve Conte Debuts New Single, ‘Overnight Smash’

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Steve Conte premiered the latest single from his new album this week.

Conte debuted his new single, ‘Overnight Smash‘ Thursday. The song is the fourth single from Conte’s forthcoming album,  Bronx Cheer, which is scheduled for release Nov. 5 through Wicked Cool Records. Conte premiered the album’s third single, ‘Dog Days of Summer‘ last month. Its premiere was preceded by that of the singles,  ‘Recovery Doll‘ and ‘Gimme Gimme Rockaway.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Overnight Smash’ is a classic rock-infused composition. There are hints of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and others interspersed throughout the course of the approximately three-minute opus. Listeners can even argue there is a slight influence from The Rolling Stones in the mix, too. The energy in the straight-driving composition is certain to keep audiences engaged and entertained in its own right.

The lyrical theme that accompanies the new song takes on a rarely discussed matter, but one that is relevant to everyone, and Conte talked about that topic during a recent interview.

“‘Overnight Smash’ is about professional jealousy,” he said. “Once somebody starts ‘getting somewhere’ in their career, there is always that crowd that, for whatever reason, got left behind in the dust, and then they like to s***-talk about ya.”

More information on Steve Conte’s new single and album is available along with all of his latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.stevecontenyc.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/SteveConteNYC

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/SteveConteNYC

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The Cocktail Slippers Members Pay Tribute To Their Daughters In New Single

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The Cocktail Slippers debuted its latest single this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘I’ll Be Here For You‘ Thursday. The song’s premiere comes less than a month after the band debuted its the n latest single, ‘Be The One‘ and its video.

The band’s new single is a stark contrast musically and lyrically to that of ‘Be The One,’ which is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming album, Shout It Out Loud. The band’s first new album in 20 years, it is scheduled for release Sept. 17 through Wicked Cool Records. The difference is noted in part through the song’s musical arrangement. Where ‘Be The One’ is a fun, upbeat song, this composition is more contemplative and airy. There is much more emotional depth to this song’s arrangement than in ‘Be The One.’

The song’s lyrical theme is just as different from that of ‘Be The One.’ In this case, the song is a tribute to the band members’ daughters, according to information provided about the song. The band said of the song that it is “An ode to our daughters. It’s about growing up, growing older and passing on generations. The vocal was recorded only a few weeks before Hope’s daughter Fay entered the world!”

The band premiered the song’s companion lyric video Friday. The video features the song’s lyrics over various nature scenes, such as a pond, a waterfall, and a field of grass.

More information on The Cocktail Slippers’ new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://cocktailslippers.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/cocktailslippers

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Steve Conte Debuts New LP’s Third Single

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Steve Conte premiered the latest single from his new album this week.

Conte premiered his new single, ‘Dog Days of Summer‘ Thursday. The song is the third single from his album, Bronx Cheer, which is scheduled for release Nov. 5 through Wicked Cool Records. The song’s premiere follows that of the album’s first two singles, ‘Recovery Doll‘ and ‘Gimme Gimme Rockaway.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Dog Days of Summer’ is a steady, mid-tempo composition that blends some classic rock leaning with a touch of country rock. The pairing of those influences makes the song a unique musical work.

The lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement adds its own appeal to the whole with its introspective nature.

Conte talked about that theme during a recent interview.

“It started with the title, which is a phrase I always liked, but when I was finished with it, I noticed that I wasn’t only writing about those awful hot days in August where you don’t want to do much of anything,” he said. “I was also writing about getting older and watching the young upstarts, full of hope and goals, pushing hard to get somewhere – and seeing my kids zoom by me with all their energy. At this point, I feel like I can relax and don’t have much to prove, because my work is out there on records, on video, in the consciousness of the public – in my bubble, anyway. And the work speaks for itself.”

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The Cocktail Slippers Releases First New Music In Almost A Decade

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Rock band The Cocktail Slippers will release its fifth album late this summer.

The record, Shout It Out Loud, is scheduled for release Sept. 17 through Wicked Cool Records. Its release will mark the first time in seven years that the band has released a new album. In anticipation of its release, the band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Be The One‘ and its video Thursday.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Be The One’ is a pop rock style presentation. It boasts a sound and stylistic approach that is easily comparable to works from The Go-Gos. It also incorporates more of a modern rock sensibility to make for more engagement and entertainment.

According to a statement from the band, the song’s lyrical theme is the central plot of so many rom-coms. It states of the song’s theme, it is about “That feeling when you meet someone and you instantly think, “This person is no good at all,” but then you get to know them and it turns out your first gut feeling was way off. “It started out wrong but it turned out right.” The song is actually about falling in love – head over heels – when you weren’t expecting that to happen at all.”

The video for ‘Be The One’ is simple and complex at the same time. As the press release announcing the debut of the song and video states, the video was captured in the band’s rehearsal space. It is a one-shot Steadicam shot that slows down vocalist “Hope” by 75 percent normal speed while her band mates interact at normal speed.

More information on The Cocktail Slippers’ new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://cocktailslippers.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cocktailslippers

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