Prison Escapee – New Single Release

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Prison Escapee released two new tracks “Locket” and “Au Revoir” that follow up his 2016 LP “Disappearing Mountaintop.” Check out the songs below:

The two electro-inspired piano ballads are themed around unrequited and lost love.  The songs continue the Prison Escapee trend of making lo-fi style recordings that could easily work as part of a film soundtrack. His songs have an intimate feeling probably from having both his debut and sophomore albums were written, recorded, produced, and mixed in his living room.

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Erik David Hidde created the moniker Prison Escapee in 2015, and is putting all his effort into original melancholic music and electronic rock songs after running the independent Housewarming Records in New York. He was raised in Fort Hunter in upstate New York by a Christian family, which is represented in his music. He was brought up singing in his church and all-county chorus in grade school. His lyrics often includes reflecting back on his childhood and personal sentiments of loss, which is centered around his close friend’s prison cell suicide.

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To stay up to date with Prison Escapee, follow on Facebook, Soundcloud, Instagram, Bandcamp and the official site.

Patrick Doval – New Video Release

Miami, Florida-based singer-songwriter and producer Patrick Doval has released his 20th music video for “Crush” from his 2016 LP “Obscured.” Check out the 80s dance pop track here:

“Crush” is a fun song with a quirky video that takes inspiration from the 1958 cult film “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” with its larger than life actor searching for her relatively miniature friend. The over the top zaniness of the video draws comparisons to the creativity level of someone like David Bowie, who always took art into new, exciting directions. The video is yet another example of Doval’s musical and creative inspiration. The song is featured on last year’s “Obscured,” an EP that debut at #164 on the FMQB radio charts along with its lead single “Sugarless Candy.” The song peaked at #27 and spent 20 weeks in the top 100.

Doval is known for being a do-it-yourself artist and he has been actively making music for more than ten years and five albums. Some of Doval’s music videos have been showcased at premier contemporary art stages including Art Basel, and the Wynwood Arts District of Miami’s Curator’s Voice Art Projects.

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To see Doval live, be sure to catch him at the Echo Tech in Miami on June 30 and July 28. Stay up to date with all things Doval at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and his official site.

Last Giant – Album Review

Last Giant has recently released its sophomore album “Memory of the World.” Check out the the opening song “Living in Photographs” here:

Last Giant began as a solo project by bandleader Ryan Heise (ex- System and Station) who collaborated with a group of touring musicians to take his “Heavy Habitat” debut album out on the road. He has since teamed up with Palmer Cloud on bass and Matt Wiles on drums to create “Memory of The World.”

The opening song “Living in Photographs” starts with a techno greeting before diving into the alternative rock sound that fans have come to expect from Last Giant. The riff is poppy and fun sounding, perfect for upbeat car rides. The chorus is catchy and the vocals by Heise are top notch, coming together to form a proper introduction to the album. The song is about the social media lifestyle many people live and how everyone is living in the pics they post online. “Diamond Decade” follows up with a heavy riff that is edgier and rocks harder than you would expect, truly being a representation of their louder inspirations such as Led Zeppelin.

“The Comedian” features some interesting keys in the beginning that soon delves into their trademark Jane’s Addiction style grunge with a breakdown featuring satisfying drums rolls that play off the guitar-work well.  The next song “Toys for the Devil” has a very 70s groove riff that can make anyone start head-bobbing and the song’s guitar solo adds substance to the overall album that has so far lacked any standout solos.

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After the four opening rock songs, “Inventory” slows things down with thought-provoking lyrics and a sentimental melody. This song shows Last Giant can go beyond the expected rockers by adding textures to their recordings and allowing their instruments to propel their message forward. Next up is “Drastic Plastic,” the fastest composition that is anchored on a strong rhythm section that carries everything along at quick pace. This track seems to have punk-inspired influences but mixed in a 90s alternative atmosphere.

“In the Calm” continues on with the trademark Last Giant sound of heavy groovers layered with clear, and determined vocals. The songwriting follows the pop format of catchy hooks yet has unexpected twists and turns that are reminiscent of the best progressive acts. Also, the end of the song is intense and one of the most aggressive performance heard so far. “Coverz” has the most bizarre opener with distorted vocals over a couple of guitars playing. It’s a welcome surprise and offers a change of pace to keep listeners on their toes. This hybrid track is part a loud-banger and part introspective toward the end, and illustrates their progressive influences well.

The electro vibes kick in to start “Blood on the Road” when suddenly the slow pounding drums introduce the guitars that sound straight from Soundgarden with head-banging riffs along the hard-jamming drum and bass. At this point the album has already proved its worth and any additional songs of high quality are just the cherry on top. “All the Same” features passionate screaming that demonstrate Last Giant’s dedication to their craft while the closer “Saint Paul” brings it all to a close with a bluesy riff that underlines the narrative about the murder of innocent Philando Castile at the hands of police officers. The song ends the album with an explosive finale.

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Mixing engineer Paul Malinowski (Shiner, The Life and Times, Riddle of Steel) and co-producer Larry Crane (Sleater-Kinney, Pavement, Tape Op) did a phenomenal job at putting the great talent that is Last Giant and making the instruments and vocals stand out while blending in. “Memory of the World” is a recommended listen to anyone who enjoys heavy jams and raucous riffs fronted by a legitimate singer who knows how to pen songs and bring us the rock.

To stay up to date with everything Last Giant, check them out on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, and their official website.

Love Ghost – New Video Release

Los Angeles’s own indie garage rock band Love Ghost has released a new video for its track “Forgive Me” from its EP “Love Ghost Vol. 1.” Check out the striking video here:

The 10-minute video has unique storytelling and set pieces that show off the wanderer (played by vocalist/guitarist Finnegen Seeker Bell) lost in the desert. As he crawls through the sands of time he tosses his necklace and sees a vision of the desert ghost that leads him to a mysterious set of doors. Upon entering it, the wanderer is inside a church that worships a television set. The scene shifts to a poolside with baptism underway. The wanderer is looking to find himself in a world full of religion and rules, and soon after he sets off running from a power plant full of a crew in chemical biohazard suits looking to trap him in their own toxicity. The wanderer eventually finds a cross in an industrial junkyard and lies next to the necklace tossed earlier, realizing he had what he was searching for all along.

The teenage band is full of energy and promise with hard pounding drums, inspired vocals (reminiscent of Curt Cobain) and something unique to this grunge act: the symphonic violin playing by member Mya Greene, who adds a touch of sophistication to the madness. This is a group that takes the best alternative acts of the 90s and translates the personal messages to apply to today’s youth.

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The band is on the rise, already having opened for bands such as Smash Mouth, The Tubes, Berlin, Ozomatli and Buckcherry. To see them live, check out their upcoming tour:

-July 8:  Our Life Festival, Los Angeles, CA

-July 18:  The Vera Project, Seattle WA

-July 26, The Study, Hollywood, CA

-August 12: The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA

-August 19: Echo Park Rising, Los Angeles, CA

To stay up to date with all things Love Ghost, check out the band on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, and YouTube.

Avery LR – Mixtape Review

Avery LR is back at it again with a new single for his 2017 “Surviving” mixtape that features more than 20 underground and gangsta rap tracks. Listen to his latest single “They Don’t Like That” here:

The “Surviving” mixtape could draw comparisons to works from Avery’s inspirations such as Jay-Z and his contemporaries. He often raps about real issues and doesn’t shy away from topics that others are too scared to talk about. The mixtape features no holds barred lyrics throughout with occasional glimpses of softer, inspirational tracks.

The opener “What U Know Bout Dat” is a true Hip-Hop staple with its quick spitting rapping, sleek beats and haunting piano melody that all combine to form a song that recounts the tragic day-to-day reality of living in the streets. “They Don’t Like That” follows up as an anthem that puts the haters on blast. It’s an “us against them” narrative that is empowering and makes the listener want to take control of their own sense of justice.

The mixtape is a combo of hard core tracks that eviscerate the naysayers while also having calmer songs that hit straight through the heart. “One Dream” features 10asee and is a softer, humble tale that tells of the struggles they both had to endure to get their families ahead. Avery raps about how he never takes a day off for the benefit of his kids and how he wishes his grandma was around to see his successes. This song is a nice break from the heavier tracks and shines a different light on both Avery and 10asee, showcasing their fight to overcome the challenges they have faced along their rapping careers.  In the same vein, the song “7 Years” featuring Avery’s son Aries is an uplifting rap with verses about being a good dad and chasing dreams.

The mixtape goes back and forth between the tough and the delicate so you’ll be getting a varied listening experience every time. “Fight Night” is a standout track that has an addicting keyboard bassline with aggressive lyrics and “Loose Yourself” is an Eminem throwback that uses sampling in a unique way making it a highlight.

“Never Surrender” was previously reviewed by ETV, and it goes to show that Avery LR goes above and beyond the status quo of what is expected from rappers and tells the trials and tribulations he went through without holding anything back. This ability to be open about his experiences is really Avery’s calling card to who he is as a rapper as well as a person. You know that when listening to any one of his tracks you’re going to get the most honest interpretation of narratives that are wrapped up in clever, provocative and in-your-face lyrics.

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There’s a lot of songs on the “Surviving” mixtape and if you like any iteration of rap, Hip-Hop, or underground gangster rap, then every song will be tailor made just for you. Be sure to check out what Avery LR is up to in the coming months while listening to the sprawling mixtape available now. To stay up to date with all things Avery LR, be sure to check him out on Facebook and Twitter.