Posts tagged alt-rock
FEST Feature Friday: Tea Leaf

Tea Leaf, the solo project of singer-songwriter Tom Lee, will be performing an acoustic set at FEST this November in Gainesville, FL. While Tom has performed at FEST in the past as part of the punk band Hora Douse, this will be the first year that he’ll be playing a solo set.

Tea Leaf’s new EP, Motions, was released on September 20th. Continue reading to stream the EP, and check out this week’s interview with Tom Lee where we talk about vulnerability in writing, performing as a solo artist, the FEST community, and more!

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FEST Feature Friday: Cold Wrecks

FEST is six weeks away, and we’re so excited to bring you this week’s Feature Friday interview with Cold Wrecks, an indie punk band that will making their way down to Gainesville, FL this November for the three day festival. In addition to having a packed lineup with new and old artists spanning from acoustic to hardcore / metal, FEST is a three day celebration of everything alternative, and includes stand up comedy as well as wresting!

Cold Wrecks is based out of Brooklyn, and is made up of vocalist / guitarist Mike Vizzi, guitarist Matan Uchen, bassist / vocalist Craig Shay, and drummer CJ Dunaieff. With New York City being known for churning out fast paced, authentic punk rock, Cold Wrecks capture that trademark, East Coast authenticity full force on their latest album, This Could Be Okay.

We chatted with Mike Vizzi about the importance of mental health in music, Brooklyn’s local music scene, and FEST essentials! Continue reading below to check it out.

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FEST Feature Friday: Timeshares

For this week’s FEST Feature Friday, we’re happy to introduce you to Timeshares! This self-described post college rock band are from New York, and this November will mark one full decade of performing at FEST in Gainesville, FL. This three day music festival hosts bands and attendees from all around the world, starting in the afternoon and continuing into the early morning hours from Friday - Sunday, November 1st - 3rd.

We talked with Mike Natoli (bass / vocals) about FEST’s evolution over the past ten years, daily FEST essentials, what artists are on his “must see” list, and more! Continue reading to check out our interview and listen to Timeshares!

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FEST Feature Friday: Little Teeth

Happy Friday! We’re back again for our third installment of our FEST themed Feature Friday series. For this week’s interview, we chatted with Cory Call, the vocalist / guitarist of Munich based punk rock band Little Teeth. Continue reading to learn more about the band’s formation, favorite ways to enjoy music in a digital age, tips for first time FEST attendees, and more!

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FEST Feature Friday: Mike Llerena & The Nerve

If you’re a fan of punk rock and rock and roll, then you definitely don’t want to sleep on Mike Llerena & The Nerve. Hailing from Gainesville, this Florida three piece are part of FEST 18’s lineup for this November, and they’re sure to pack a punch. Continue reading to check out our interview with Mike where we talk about the band’s latest album, the FEST community, and more!

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Feature Friday: Silver Relics

Alex Sepassi and Justin Alvis combine forces to form Silver Relics and to create an infectious brand of indie rock. With heavy influences spanning from the ‘60’s, ‘70’s, and ‘80’s, the pair recently released their debut album, generic., followed by a run of shows in the UK and Ireland.

Originally from Austin, TX, Silver Relics are now based out of NYC, which is the perfect place for a duo with such high art-rock energy. I recently chatted with Alex and Justin about finding balance when writing together, touring overseas, setting yourself apart in the city that never sleeps, and more. Continue reading down below to learn more about Silver Relics, and to give their new album, generic., a spin!

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Feature Friday: As It Is

UK pop/punk group As It Is recently put out their third album, The Great Depression, and are currently on a tour supporting the album. The Great Depression follows three main characters through their journey with mental illness. While other bands have written a song or two about the topic, As It Is delves into each tiny crevice of mental illness and talks about it in a way that does not romanticize it, but rather brings light to a difficult subject.

We had the opportunity to interview lead vocalist Patty Walters and guitarist / vocalist Ben Langford-Biss before the show. Continue reading below to check out the interview where we talk about The Great Depression, touring the US, how the band has evolved over time, and more!

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Skyward Story // Feature Friday

If you attended one of the many dates for the last full country run of the Vans Warped Tour last summer, there’s a good chance you encountered local, and small bands in full-grind mode, trying to persuade people to watch their sets. One of these incredibly hard working bands is Skyward Story. The Baltimore based, pop/rock trio wowed attendees and left them wanting more. They certainly left their mark and gained new fans along the way.

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Last Wild Lion // Feature Friday

Last Wild Lion are coming to you all the way from Edinburgh, Scotland. The band released their debut album at the end of last month and are preparing to play their very first show on November 24th. Their album, They’re Not Secrets Anymore, is a bold offering that builds a sturdy bridge between late 80’s synth pop and modern alt rock.

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Sam Cooper & The Sleepwalkers // Feature Friday

Having spent six years being carefully crafted by songwriter + producer Sam Cooper, Apophenian was released earlier this year. This 11 track album takes its time and pays attention to detail as the robust piano and rich instrumentals mix with Cooper's smooth vocals to stir up a mixture of both beautiful and haunting melodies that draw you into the most ethereal of fever dreams.

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