New Wave Rock Band The Fontaines Show Off Their Inner “Freak”

A tale of a bad experience in bed highlights the narrative of the new single “Freak” by Los Angeles rock band The Fontaines. The song is filled with sultry vocals, groovy rhythms and a down-tempo beat all layered nicely with top notch production values. Check out the song here:

The Fontaines started with Charlotte Fontaine (vocals) and Hank Fontaine (guitar) writing songs together in 2014, until they were joined by Chrystian Kaplan (drums) and Daniel Zuker (bass) and became a full four piece. Charlotte is reclaiming sexist connotations and letting everyone know that it’s okay to be labeled a freak. After tiring out from uncomfortable encounters who shamed her, Charlotte decided to take the mantle of “freak” and run with it, making it acceptable for others too to indulge in their inner freak.

The band has been on a roll lately. In 2017, The Fontaines dropped the debut single “Evaporate,” which received airplay on commercial and satellite radio, and garnered thousands of online streams. This success caught on in Los Angeles, where The Fontaines headlined a sold-out performance at The Troubadour in support of their dual EP releases, “Playgirls” and “Playboys.”

To stay up to date with The Fontaines, be sure to stay up to date with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and their official site.

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Lucy & La Mer’s “Rebel Babe” Challenges Binary Thinking

LA-based Lucy & La Mer is back again with the new single “Rebel Base,” a track that takes her signature bright melodies and infuses them with a strong message about self identity and breaking down barriers. Check out the video below:

“There’s a lot of pressure to ‘look gay’ or ‘look straight’ – it feels like everyone expects you to take a side,” Lucy said. “That type of binary thinking inspired the song and especially the music video that I wrote for it. We have to let go of polarized thinking. You can be feminist and also be feminine, you can be queer and still be ‘girly.’ There are so many wonderful identities encompassed on the wide spectrum of gender and sexuality that I find it ridiculous and extremely burdensome to expect individuals to fall into one of two categories.”

The catchy and sassy track’s got a dance-able beat with breakdowns full of luscious harmonies and empowering lyrics featuring Bugsy. Lucy’s a “Rebel Babe” and she’s using her right to misbehave and you should too!

Lucy’s full band project has hosted fundraising concerts for LA’s LGBT Center (the  “Love is Gay” event) and shocked their crowd at Lucy’s Locks of Love benefit when Lucy cut 15-inches of her hair off on stage to be donated to the cause. The band has also performed at LA Fashion Week, The Rose Bowl, CMJ Music Marathon, Echo Park Rising, KCRW’s Chinatown Summer Nights, Jam in the Van, BalconyTV, and also performed for the Mayor of LA.

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Emily James Releases New Video for “If Walls Could Talk”

LA-based singer-songwriter Emily James released the video for her new single, “If Walls Could Talk.” The song is about the idea that a room can witness the rise and fall of a relationship. The video features Emily playing piano and a dramatic dance, letting the song take the front seat and leaving room for the viewer’s imagination to wander and reflect on their own experiences.

“If Walls Could Talk” is the second single and music video to be released from Emily’s forthcoming debut album, due out February 9th, 2018, following her lead single, “Lion’s Den.” The album, “Til the Morning,” was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer, Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Vance Joy).

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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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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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The Sounds of Ghosts’ New Single “Train to Nowhere” is a Fiddle-Romping Hoot

Americana roots band The Sound of Ghosts released a new single titled “Train To Nowhere” that exemplifies the bands signature style of fiddle-fueled melodies, soaring harmonies and story-telling lyricism from their upcoming release “Delivery and Departure.” Check out the song below:

The Sound of Ghosts are an Americana roots musical collective hailing from Los Angeles, California. The five-piece collective of musicians have crafted a musical experience with unique arrangements and vast variety of influences. A culmination of traditional front porch Americana, folk-laden melodies and vintage rock ’n’ roll, The Sound of Ghosts have succeeded in bringing their own edge to this timeless genre of music. Comprised of James Orbison (vocals, bass), Anna Orbison (vocals, ukulele), Ernesto Rivas (lead guitar), Phoebe Silva (fiddle) and Jon Sarna (drums), they have united to push the boundaries of typical Americana and created an evolving sound demonstrating the diversity of each of their own different musical backgrounds. Included in this are elements of classic rock, musical theatre, country and everything in between.

The Sound of Ghosts formed in memory of the band’s friend Dave Lamb, who passed away too soon from Leukaemia. Lamb headed an acclaimed band Brown Bird with his wife that was named NPR’s folk group of the year. James Orbison was touched and inspired by the impact Lamb had made on not only him, but the community around him. James Orbison fell back into music as a mechanism to cope with his grief, where he consequently rediscovered his passion for writing and playing again. They decided to name their band The Sound of Ghosts, which was the title of Brown Bird’s first album, as a way to honor Lamb and to be constant reminder of his love for music.

The new music is set to be an immersive listening experience and is filled with diverse soundscapes and a multitude of sonic textures. Lead single “Train to Nowhere” is an upbeat folky song with driving guitars and catchy hooks that showcase the band’s signature sound. Accompanied by a powerful trumpet solo, it is assured to get listeners up and dancing. The narrative was built around the ideology of escapism and the importance of adventure. The song symbolizes the journey of self-discovery and introspection.

The Sound of Ghosts have opened for artists such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Sisterhood and Oingo Boingo. Their music has also been featured in national commercials for major brands such as Yahoo! and Kia. The Sound of Ghosts also won ‘best live performance’ at The Roswell Film Festival. With their growing California following and authentic sound, The Sound of Ghosts are ready for their next musical endeavor with the release of “Delivery and Departure” due fall 2017.

To stay up to date with the Sounds of Ghosts, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and their official site.