Grizfolk Release “In My Arms” Video and Announce East Coast Tour Dates

So-Cal native Grizfolk’s new video for “In My Arms” has been released in collaboration with Jamie N Commons and has gained 2.2 million streams on Spotify since its release. Check out the video here:

The song draws on a wide range of backgrounds from its varied bandmates, which consist of frontman Adam Roth, bassist Brendan Willing James, drummer Billy Delia, keyboardist Sebastian Fritze and guitarist Fredrik Eriksson. The band has become known for their textured sound, graceful melodies and sprawling guitars mixed in with edgy electronics.

The idea behind “In My Arms” came when Adam Roth was recovering from surgery on a hemorrhagic polyp and was rendered unable to speak for two weeks and unable to fully sing for two months. Through the recovery, Adam was able to rebuild his voice and concentrate on new beginnings.

“Those two weeks of sitting in my apartment alone, literally speechless, were some of the most interesting and important days of my life,” Roth said. “Jamie came along at almost the exact time that I was losing my voice, and we suddenly had our first duet. I pretty much thought about everything a guy could think about during those weeks, and for the most part realized how I took a lot of things for granted in my life. I wake up everyday now and remind myself how fortunate I am to be able to still do what I love.”

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Image via Grizfolk

During the summer of 2016 the band would get together and start their writing sessions with a round table discussion of sorts on current events.

“When Jamie came by one day for a co-write we had a beat and a start of a melody already but no theme,” said Brendan Willing James. “I mentioned an idea of the ‘falling dream,’ the one where you jolt awake right before, or as you hit the ground in a breathless state.”

The band took that idea and looked at it through the lens of a relationship, where those ripples would be felt by the person lying next to you.

“‘In My Arms’ came from a place of wanting to comfort someone in times of trouble and distress, which couldn’t be more important in any given time, especially right now,” said James.

For the video the band wanted to take the viewer on a journey through various emotions depicting the chaos, distractions and loneliness of daily life, along with the security and safety that comes from companionship and empathy in the midst of turmoil. Working with Thomas Leisten Schneider at Wolf at the Door, a production company in Venice Beach, they agreed on the idea of capturing the magic of Los Angeles at night. Unlike most major U.S. cities, Los Angeles is not a “city that never sleeps,” so Thomas and the band decided to shoot car scenes at night on the empty LA streets to capture the dream like state of the song.

“In My Arms” is Grizfolk’s follow up to their debut full length album “Waking Up The Giants” that was filled with arena ready, expansive melodies that led to tours with Bastille and X Ambassadors, festival appearances at Firefly, Hangout, Bottlerock and Voodoo and late night TV performances on Late Night with David Letterman and CONAN. To support the single the band will be touring the East Coast this fall.

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Image via Grizfolk

To stay up to date with all things Grizfolk, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and their official site.

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Gestures & Sounds – Album Release Show @ Hotel Cafe 9/15

Gestures & Sounds will be performing at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood this Friday, September 15 for their eight-track “Bill Nye Thinks We’re a Band” album release show. Tickets are available here.

Check out the song below to get acquainted with the new record sound:

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Enter the Venture covered the LA-based folk-pop foursome’s performance at The Mint in June and it was a memorable show. There’s no doubt they’ll bring the same energy to the Hotel Cafe.

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Images via Gestures & Sounds

The band is known for incorporating visuals into their music with original videos. Talented filmmakers as well as musicians, G&S create all of their own music videos from start to finish. They’re in a venture all their own and offering an experience to anyone who appreciates a cut to the beat. Here’s the fully animated “To: Rivers, From: Chomp” below:

To get tickets to their album release show, click here.

Midnight Snack – Band Interview

The Asheville-based indie band Midnight Snack has released its third full-length album “Child’s Eyes” in April this year. Lead vocalist and drummer Jack Victor spoke with ETV today about the making of the album, the challenges they faced, and plans for the rest of 2017. Check out the song “Shadow Chaser” from the new album here:

The band was started by brothers Jack Victor (vocals, drums) and Mike Henry Johnson (guitar, synth) before their enrollment in college. They added classmates Peter Brownlee (bass) and Zack Kardon (guitar) and old friend, Katie Richter (vocals, trumpet) to complete the five-piece and have quickly been making a name for themselves. Jack said he started writing the songs for “Child’s Eyes” when the band was on tour in 2014, a tour that lasted several months, allowing for him to come up with enough ideas that he would try out whenever he could get to a piano.

“The first two songs were ‘Luna’ and ‘Back to The Source’ and each of those kind of set the tone for the rest of the album,” Jack said. “From that point on I tried to focus on writing songs that were deeply personal and also songs that either illustrate time passing or looking back.”

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Photo via Midnight Snack

The album took two years to write, arrange and record. The sound transformed as time went on, specifically due to this being the first record they made in their own studio and having to deal with the technical limitations that endeavor entails. Another first for this album was the writing process, where several arrangements were recorded in the studio before playing them as a group. As for the meaning of the song’s lyrics, Jack said he likes to let the audience decide.

“I’ve always felt that whoever is listening to the music is the authority on what a song means, because it is a subjective experience,” Jack said. “That said, the themes I was writing within were longing for a loved one and reflecting on growing up.  We had just moved to Asheville, North Carolina around the time we were working on ‘Child’s Eyes’ and I think the set change helped to inspire some of these thoughts.”

Despite the experience of dealing with the technical limitations of their own studio, including microphones, sound isolation and glitchy software, it also allowed the band new freedoms. They could take as long as they wanted to record without having to worry about meeting deadlines.

“We had as much time as we needed to finish the record, so we took our time,” Jack said. “The hardest aspect was deciding when to be done. I think we could have just continued polishing it forever.”

The band is currently on tour concluding at the Asheville Barnaroo 2017 on Sept. 30. They are also working on another track. Beyond that, Midnight Snack is leaving their options open for what’s to come.

“It’s tough for us to look too far down the line,” Jack said. “Hopefully many more shows and records!”

To stay up to date with Midnight Snack, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, YouTube, Bandcamp, and its official site.

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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Photo via Love Ghost

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.

Gestures & Sound – Concert Review

The Mint showcased a variety of talent on its June 21 bill from pop-influenced singer-songwriters to hard rocking folk quartets. There was something for everyone on a busy night. The venue itself is very intimate with an up close and personal stage where patrons could enjoy a variety of food and drinks mere feet away from live performances.

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Emily James. Photo by Isiah Reyes

Singer-songwriter Emily James, originally from New York, opened the night by playing songs from her latest EP as well as some to be featured on an upcoming release. As she started singing her first song, it was apparent early on that her voice is the driving force behind her music. Along with bold lyrics and stellar performances on both guitar and keys, she used all her talents as she shared stories stemming from personal places in her life including the tale of “A Boy in Memphis” (which may or may not be based on a true story). Emily is a well-rounded musician and her voice alone is enough to get hooked on with striking similarities to the likes of Adele. She put on a good set that was well received by a full bar by the time she was finished. We look forward to seeing her again on stage and in the meantime, we have the recently released and tender “Emily James – EP” to listen to, which she collaborated with Grammy award winning producer Jacquire King and producer Ian Fitchuk.

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James Taugher. Photo by Isiah Reyes

Following up was the Bay area-native James Taugher, a Motown, funk extraordinaire who brought a full band to stage to rock out. The five-piece was a solid group that excelled with soaring guitar solos, groovy keys, eclectic drums and sure-fire basslines. James is very comfortable on stage as he was dancing and showing off his Hip-Hop inspired vocals that are tinged with soul. At one point, he split the venue down the middle and got one half of the packed venue to sing the first part of the catchy chorus and the other half to finish it off. His way with crowds could only have been refined through years of performances, and on this last date of his band’s tour, everyone was in for a treat. James’ energy was contagious as it flowed from himself to his bandmates and ultimately to the audience. It was a high-octane set that went far above all lofty expectations.

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Gestures & Sounds. Photo by Isiah Reyes

Folk indie rock band Gestures & Sounds took stage with the anthemic “Coach” that showed everyone what they were capable of. The mostly-Wisconsin band had moments of introspection followed immediately after by moments of rocking out, a combination not often seen by bands not sporting an electric guitar. With an acoustic guitar, melodic keys, and an intense rhythm section (not to mention the occasional harmonica), Gestures & Sounds managed to be louder and larger than the sum of their parts. Especially impressive was the drumming performance, as it took songs that would perhaps be considered tame in nature to the next level. The atmosphere at The Mint was lively and welcomed Gestures & Sounds, who returned the appreciation by putting on a solid set that shows what a group of guys who love for music can do.

Overall, the night was a fun time to be had by all. Attendees who stayed longer had the opportunity to enjoy Cult of Positivity and Nicholas Braun, establishing once again that The Mint is the go-to place for experiencing young, upcoming talent.