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A small band with a powerful sound, Walk Harbor City is coming at us from the great city of Boston, Massachusetts. With Rocco D’Angelo and Brian Ostrowski both giving us guitar and vocals, and Sean Noyes on drums and Mark Caonle on bass, the band has been playing shows around Massachusetts, and they’re rapidly building up a fanbase.
They’ve just come out with an EP that will give all new listeners a preview of their sound while waiting for a full-length to come out. The opening track, “Jejune”, introduces the band’s sound effectively and draws people in the CD. Their sound, from the opening track of their EP to the final track, “Simple English”, is cohesive and demonstrates that the band works together well. Walk Harbor City knows how to put together a well written CD and a collected sound.
The second track on the EP, “Call It Karma”, starts off with by giving the listener the impression that they’ll be listening to a quiet, mellow song, but that perception is quickly changed by an infusion of fast guitar and quick drum beats. The remaining three tracks, “Arms and Ears”, “Superstitions”, and “Simple English” leave the listener waiting for more music to come out, more than just the 5 track EP that the band has currently released.
You can check out Walk Harbor City at their myspace, www.myspace.com/walkharborcity , and keep checking back for more new music and news to come from this band.
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Need something to quench your acoustic thirst? Look no further than the MySpace of Hayes Kramer! Hayes’ melodic guitars and crisp voice, along with the assistance of Christian Fiore on lead guitar and Tucker Neill on bass, are definitely turning heads. The Maryland native is in the process of recording his debut EP, It’s Been Long Enough, release date to be determined. In the meantime, check out Hayes’ MySpace page, which features some originals, and some covers such as Oasis’ Wonderwall and All Time Low’s Coffee Shop Soundtrack. Hayes doesn’t travel much, so if you’re in the Baltimore area, definitely get out to a show and see what this kid’s got to offer!
F!MP had the pleasure of sending some questions to Hayes and learning a little more about him. Here’s what he had to say!
F!MP: Why did you decide to play music?
Hayes: I started playing music when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I took piano lessons for about 5 or 6 years, and then I quit because it was really frustrating, and because I was being forced to play all of the classical music that my teacher assigned. So, after quitting piano, I really wanted to play guitar. I received a Yamaha Pacifica for my birthday, and taught myself. Ever since, I have been writing music because it has always been my biggest connection.
F!MP: When did you start publicizing your music?
Hayes: I started doing a solo project under “The Forever Goodnight” about two months ago, putting a demo of “Thunder” up on MySpace. I got pretty good feedback, so I decided to take my music to another level. I began writing music with a more serious tone with my writing partner Christian Fiore. I decided to change the name to my actual name, Hayes Kramer, because I was getting tired of hearing the question, “Why do you have band, if it’s just one person?”
F!MP: What kind of music and bands are you influenced by?
Hayes: I am influenced by any music that I hear on a daily basis. Anything that ranges from jazz to hardcore/screamo. I have been listening to a lot of Boys Like Girls and Nevershoutnever!, and they have played a big role on this upcoming EP.
F!MP: How did you decide to play acoustic music?
Hayes: I started off playing more electric music, but then I wrote an acoustic song entitled “It’s Been Long Enough”, and I liked the sound of the acoustic a lot more.
F!MP: Who is your musical idol?
Hayes: My musical idol is John Mayer. His lyrics, guitars, composition, everything, just blow my mind. If there’s a time where I just want to forget about everything, I listen to John. He is a huge inspiration for everything I write.
F!MP: Where do you usually get your inspiration for writing?
Hayes: I get my inspiration from everyday life. Everything that happens, I try to write down and make use of it. I enjoy writing music because it is a way of venting for me, and just writing down how I feel at the time, and in the end it usually helps me feel better. Drama and what’s going on everyday, whether it is bad or good, influences my writing. You can usually tell by the turn out of one of my songs how I was feeling when it was written.
F!MP: On your MySpace, there’s a banner for the non-profit To Write Love On Her Arms. Did/does TWLOHA influence your writing?
Hayes: Yes, actually. They are a big inspiration because of what they are doing for these people. And life is way too short to be unhappy.
F!MP: Any cds/demos/etc. coming out soon that people can look forward to?
Hayes: I am in the process of recording my EP. It is 5 songs, and is entitled “Its Been Long Enough- EP”. I do not have a set release date just yet, but I am in the studio right now! Be sure to get a copy!
F!MP: What’s the best venue you’ve ever played/favorite venue?
Hayes: I actually haven’t gotten the chance to play a gig just yet, other than playing on the streets, or at friends’ houses. As you know, I am just starting this project, but I do have a few upcoming shows planned.
F!MP: If you could share the stage with anyone, who would it be?
Hayes: I would share the stage with John Mayer.
Hayes: He is my biggest influence, and meeting him would be the greatest experience.
F!MP: What is your musical dream?
Hayes: My musical dream is to play in front of thousands of fans that I can make happy with my music.
F!MP: Anything else that you want the public to know?
Hayes: Please take a listen to my music! And be sure to check for updates, as to when my next show is, and when my debut EP is available!
They’ve just released an album called In The Name Of Progression, and the Vernon/Rockville, Connecticut pop-rockers are a band to keep your eye on. With a very distinctive and fresh sound that will keep listeners on board and the energy flowing from the beginning to end, A Coastline Ending is one band that all of you will definitely want to go check out. Consisting of singer/songwriter Aaron, guitarist Brian, bassist Corey, Cyrus on keyboards and synth, and drummer LJ, A Coastline Ending, signed to Not Alone Records, is catching people’s attention—they’ve definitely caught the attention of us here at F!MP! They’ll definitely be making heads turn on the music scene, so keep your eyes peeled for a show coming near you so you can go listen to this amazing band live.
We had the privilege of being able to shoot lead singer Aaron Meadows a few questions about the band, so we could let you guys in on what’s going on with them! Go ahead and check them out at their myspace, listen to a few of their tunes, read the interview, and spread the word about this great band!
F!MP: How did the band form, and in what year?
Aaron: The original band started 3-4 years ago when they were all in High School. The line-up as it is now, we have been a band since Janurary of 08’.
F!MP: What kind of music and bands are you influenced by, individually as members and as a band?
Aaron: Well LJ loves Taylor Swift, Forever The Sickest Kids, and Lil Wayne.
Cyrus is into Daft Punk,Tycho, and anything to keep his programming mind occupied.
Brian lives for Motley Crue, Guns & Roses, and anything 80’s thats shreds on the guitar.
Corey chills out with John Mayer, Jimmy Eat World, and Paramore.
I (Aaron) am all about Copeland, Emarosa,The Cure, Anberlin, The Cab, The Police and Broadway Musicals.
We all love the bands that inspired us to play, and write music. Bands like: Blink 182, The Used, Taking Back Sunday going back to The Cure, and Journey etc.
F!MP: How did you decide to play the kind of music that you do?
Aaron: I don’t think it was ever a conscious decision on how we were going to sound exactly. We all love and appreciate such diverse kinds of music, so we bring lots to the table with our own personal taste in music. We all take what we love most from our favorite bands/music and put them all together to make the music we do.
F!MP: Who is your musical idol collectively and individually?
Aaron: There are so many that we look up to and admire. We have such respect for those who have come before us. I don’t think we would dare to choose one or two, because we have been inspired by so many amazing artists.
F!MP: Do you guys write your lyrics as a a band, or is it usually just one person?
Aaron: I write all of the lyrics. I joined the band in January, and the band would send me the music through email for me to write lyrics to. I live in Utah, and they are from Connecticut so that was the way we wrote the album. We had a little over two and a half months to completely write the album, so it was fast and furious.
F!MP: Any new cds/demos/etc. coming out soon that people can look forward to?
Aaron: We just released our debut full length album called “In The Name Of Progression”. It will be in stores and on itunes very soon, so look out for that.
F!MP: What’s the best venue you’ve ever played/favorite venue?
Aaron: I would say for me, and I believe the rest of the band it would have to be the Webster Mainstage in Hartford CT. Awesome venue, awesome fans, A good time all around.
F!MP: Any crazy traveling stories?
Aaron: Probably the funniest story is when we got pulled over in New Jersey for not having a license plate on our trailer. We had a temporary plate that blew of in like Florida. The cops were about to call the dogs out to sniff out our van and trailer, because they thought we had drugs and who knows what else. We had to tell them that we don’t do drugs, and that we are a band that is on tour. They thought we were crazy, but luckily we got out of there with no ticket or anything.
F!MP: As a band, what’s your dream?
Aaron: Our dream is to be successful artists. We want to make a living at what we love doing most, which is obviously music. We want people to connect with our music in a positive way. Of course who wouldn’t want to be huge rockstars, headlining tours all over the world, and making millions of dollars, but until that point we just want to be a force to be reckond with in the music industry, and also to be known as a band that works very hard to stay true to themselves.
F!MP: Anything else that you want the public to know?
Aaron: We want to thank all of the fans who continue to support us. We want to thank Chris from Not Alone Records, Jose from Globe shoes, Krystal with Moxie Star, Linje with Champagne Symphony, Rick at the Webster Theater and Sarah at Fresh Music Press for the opportunity to do this interview!
Fearless Records never ceases to amaze me with the bands that they have on their label. I can’t even begin to tell you guys how amazing this band is! Just from the first time I got onto their myspace and heard their music, I was hooked. Signed to Fearless Records (Mayday Parade, The Maine) this five-man powerpop band that hails from the great state of Texas is destined for great things. They’re streaming their entire EP on Purevolume for all to hear, and I strongly encourage all you readers to click here and go give Artist Vs. Poet a listen!
From the highly energetic and “Runaway” to slower, acoustic guitar driven songs like “All In”, the Texas quintet is guaranteed to catch the attention of fans of bands like All Time Low, The Maine, and Forever The Sickest Kids with their consistently entertaining and fresh sound. The feel-good infusion of pop, rock and electronica give their music the kick that makes it unique. Each track on the EP is well crafted, put together and defines Artist Vs. Poet’s sound, distinguishing it from anyone and everyone else.
If you’re looking for some fresh new music, this is definitely a band that you want to check out. They’ve caught the attention of the writers of Fresh! Music Press, so of course we’re passing it on to you guys! Check them out at their myspace, purevolume, and pre-order the EP here (if you want it through iTunes, click here.) It’s set to release NOVEMBER 18th. They’re also heading out on tour, so go catch them if you can! Support this great band!
THE VEGAS REPORT Made up of Michael Patrick Bannon on drums, Josh Schanck giving us vocals and guitar, and Gage Norris on bass, Dover, New Hampshire band The Vegas Report deliver a soft, catchy sound on their new EP, Vignettes. Released under Driven Records, the six track EP provides an easy, smooth listen from beginning to end. Songs like “Red Solo Cups” start off with a slow, swaying beat and gradually build up to what can be defined as The Vegas Report’s own unique rock sound.
Through Vignettes, music and lyrics blend together to make all the songs on the six track EP flow together effortlessly. The opening track, “First Snow”, is entirely instrumental, providing listeners with a preview of the sound that they can expect throughout the rest of the album: calming, intriguing, and at the same time, powerful sound accompanied with powerful lyrics. Following the first track with tracks like “Ears to the Machine” and “Were They Not Patriots”, The Vegas Report gradually builds up to a more intense rock sound, which is consistent throughout the entire EP, giving them a solid sound that resonates with everyone who gives them a listen.
Overall, expect to see good things coming from The Vegas Report in the future. Their sound is not only fresh and unique, but something that will attract listeners of all ages and people who appreciate all kinds of genres. Go check out The Vegas Report at their myspace, The Vegas Report. You can also purchase the EP here.