Warsaw, Indiana’s finest, Surprise Asteroid are here with a brand new track entitled “Speak”.
Surprise Asteroid is an ever-evolving collaborative effort, driven by talented singer / songwriter, Grant Reigner. Grant not only penned the song’s lyrics, but also played all of the instrumentation for “Speak”. The song also features background vocals by Joby Adams and Michael Burke.
According to Reigner, the song is a response to a higher power and the place we instinctively turn to when our backs are against the wall. “We crave independence and defy authority, both real and perceived. But as soon as we feel out of control or crushed by a burden we can’t bear, the first we thing we turn to is authority. A higher power is somehow necessary for our survival, and ‘Speak’ describes the struggle and pull of each of the two clashing emotions.”
As far as musicality goes, the song starts by catching listeners with a lovely and memorable acoustic riff. Quickly, the song is well-layered to include percussion, drum, and electric guitar. “Speak” presents very open, honest, and relatable lyrics, as well as terrific instrumentation the whole song through. The chorus is carried by a medley that would make even Weezer proud.
The song closes out with the same riff that drew us in.
“Speak” is a reflection of hard work, and passion for music. The time and production spent on the song absolutely shows. Surprise Asteroid’s hope is to unite folks both in the creative process of songwriting, as well as through listening enjoyment.
The single is making its debut today, and is presently available on iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, and Google Play.
Be sure to give “Speak” a listen, and keep a weather eye on the horizon for more to come from this great band.
Review by : Tiffany Cuthrell
Michigan natives, Greta Van Fleet have been nominated for an impressive four Grammys. Their list of nods include the coveted best new artist, best rock album for EP “From The Fires”, best rock performance for the unmistakable “Highway Tune”, and best rock song for “Black Smoke Rising”.
The nominations come on the heels of their explosive debut album, “Anthem Of The Peaceful Army”, and lead the rock music community.
Though only in their late teens and early 20’s, these gentleman posses an unmatched talent that not only meets but exceeds all of the hype that has trailed the band through 2018.
Greta Van Fleet is presently on tour, and will be making three sold out stops at Detroit’s Fox Theatre later this month.
Words and photo by: Tiffany Cuthrell
Musical masters, The Faint have announced a brand new album entitled “Egowerk”. The forthcoming LP will be released on March 15th of next year, and houses 11 tracks.
The band’s last release, “Capsule: 1999-2016” was appropriately a collection of songs spanning The Faint’s career, in addition to 3 new tracks. One of which, “Young & Realistic”, is set to appear on “Egowerk”.
“Egowerk” is now available for pre-order. In addition, as a grateful gesture, the band released some limited edition materials via PledgeMusic such as signed posters, drumsticks, lyric sheets, and even a keyboard key.
Fans are excitedly standing by (myself included) to hear the album in its entirety.
Be sure to check out the video for the album’s lead single, “Child Asleep”, which is streaming now.
1 Child Asleep
2 Chameleon Nights
3 Life’s a Joke
4 Alien Angel
6 Own My Eyes
7 Source of the Sun
8 Another World
9 Quench the Flame
10 Young & Realistic
Words by Tiffany Cuthrell, photo courtesy of The Faint
Ford Arts Beats & Eats is celebrating its 21st year of talent and fun, lighting up the Detroit suburb of downtown Royal Oak, Michigan.
Arts Beats & Eats is perpetually filled with great music, delicious food, and art from all over the map, surely supplying a little something for everyone.
With nine total stages on the docket, big names will hit the musical scene with the likes of AWOLNATION, Matt Nathanson, Everclear, Eddie Money, Rival Sons, Ben Folds, classic sounds from The Spinners, and so much more. Local metro Detroit area musicians will be showcased as well, further making Arts Beats & Eats an event the area can feel represented by and truly proud of. There will even be a Detroit Institute of Arts kids’ stage, ensuring family fun for all ages.
Be sure to catch all of the action over Labor Day weekend, with Arts Beats & Eats spanning from Friday August 31st to Labor Day Monday September 3rd.
For full event details, visit the festival’s website at http://artsbeatseats.com
Preview and featured photo by: Tiffany Cuthrell
Hozier, the Irish gentleman responsible for mega-hit “Take Me To Church” has announced a welcome US tour.
It’s been mostly all quiet on the Hozier front for the last couple of years, with the talented artist hinting at upcoming music via several social media posts. Hozier, whose full name is Andrew Hozier-Byrne, was last seen in the states touring in support of his exceptional debut album of the same moniker, which was released in 2014.
The musician announced the tour via Facebook,Twitter and Instagram with a post that read in part, “Very excited to announce the upcoming North American tour for later in the year which will coincide with the releasing of new work. The completion of the record is fast approaching and I’m eager to share it with everyone.”
Ticket presale is slated for June 14th, while general sale begins on June 15th.
For further details, check out Hozier.com.
All North American tour dates are listed below…
09/15: CityFolk Festival Ottawa, ON
09/18: L’Olympia Montreal, QC
09/19: Rebel Complex Toronto, ON
09/21: Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
09/22-23: Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival Franklin, TN
09/24: Beacon Theatre New York, NY
10/01: House of Blues Boston, MA
10/02: Lincoln Theatre Washington D.C.
10/03: The Fillmore Philadelphia, PA
10/05-7: Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX
10/08: The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
10/12-14: Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX
10/14: The Marquee Tempe, AZ
10/15: The Observatory North Park San Diego, CA
10/16: Fox Theater Oakland, CA
10/18: The Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
10/19-20: Roseland Theater Portland, OR
10/22: Orpheum Theatre Vancouver, BC
Preview by Tiffany Cuthrell, photo courtesy of Hozier
Omaha‘s jewel festival, Maha, has announced its exceptional 2018 roster.
The two-day event will take place this year on Friday August 17th and Satruday August 18th in Stinson Park in the lovely Omaha, Nebraska.
The festival will feature 16 bands, and be headlined by the likes of Weezer, indie greats TV On The Radio, Father John Misty, and The Kills.
Maha is celebrating its 10th year in 2018, and is also welcoming volunteers to help run the festival. Maha will exchange admittance to the festival for a helping shift. If you live in the Nebraska region, this seems like a great opportunity to lend a helping hand, and hear some great music!
Two-day general admission early bird passes are available now at $90, with a handsome two-day VIP package (with many perks!) at $290.
Spotlight by Tiffany Cuthrell, lineup photos courtesy of Maha Music Festival
Frankenmuth, MI natives, Greta Van Fleet have put an exclamation point onto their music scene explosion with a fantastic new double EP, “From The Fires”. The album houses monster single, “Highway Tune”, in addition to three other tracks from their first EP, “Black Smoke Rising”, plus four new songs.
One of the EP’s highlights is the terrific cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”, effortlessly including a song written in the 1960’s into their repertoire.
When discussing lead singer Josh Kiszka’s voice, it’s impossible not to mention Robert Plant, a comparison that is not thrown around lightly.
This is a voice that comes around maybe once every several decades, maybe even once in a lifetime.
Though GVF clearly draw influence from rock giants of old, they’ve been able to develop a sound that is still altogether unique from their lyrics, right down to the arrangements.
“From The Fires” is an album that is altogether easy to keep on repeat.
It’s difficult to imagine a world in which Greta Van Fleet does not become one of the next greatest rock bands of our time.
1. “Safari Song”
2. “Edge Of Darkness”
3. “Flower Power”
4. “A Change Is Gonna Come”
5. “Highway Tune”
6. “Meet On The Ledge”
7. “Talk On The Street”
8. “Black Smoke Rising”
Review by Tiffany Cuthrell, featured photo by Michael Lavine
The Killers discography has taken us on a journey from the outside-in narratives of “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me”, to their Vegas nod western vibes of “Sam’s Town” (an album whose darkness and mystery carried me through high school!), and even into outer space with “Day & Age”.
My first thought upon starting to play “Wonderful Wonderful” was, “Wait, is this someone blowing through THAT shell?” The mystery was quickly quelled as the title track progressed into a catchy synth, fantastical bassline, and brash rhythm.
Released on Friday September 22nd, the band’s fifth studio album is most assuredly a departure from any of their previous records’ sound, although one that is still Killers to its core. It is fresh, welcome, experimental, and bold.
“Wonderful Wonderful” brings, at times, a self-awareness and cockiness that us listeners haven’t quite heard before from these Vegas gents…. but since they’ve been making us dance, think, and rock since 2001, this type of reflective is forgiven. Besides, such prowess feels more as if the band is in on the joke they are telling, than genuinely full of themselves.
Their lead single, “I’m The Man” has been getting massive radio airplay since its June release.
The song ironically has the unique capability to be empowering and reductive at the same time, lending commentary to a gentleman who’s got it all (a cash register ka-chings in the background). The song carries a Bee Gees-esque stroll throughout, while touching on some Scissor Sisters-jived grooves in a short breakdown.
One of the most touching songs on the album is the slower tempo, “Rut”. Lead singer Brandon Flowers sings, “Don’t give up on me, cause I’m just in a rut. I’m climbing but the walls keep stacking up”. Next on the album is equally motivational “Life To Come”. “I didn’t see this coming, I admit it, but if you think I’ll buckle, forget it.” “Run For Cover” and the track to follow, “Tyson Vs. Douglas” are catchy, danceable, and have the energy of a Springsteen anthem, perfect for driving down the highway.
The album closes out its brand new songs with the grounding jam, “Money On Straight”. The track carries through with an acoustic guitar flow reminiscent of Portugal. The Man, and the occasional Keane-feeling synth (cue Perfect Symmetry’s “Better Than This”).
The entire album seems as though it could have been a massive smash in the 70’s or 80’s, while still housing a modern feel. Despite some Arcade Fire depth, Doors type of vocal echo, and undeniable glam, it is true Killers, through and through.
The Killers have announced a gigantic tour to correspond with the album’s release, taking them from across the United States, into Europe, New Zealand, Australia,
The tour will only have half of the original Killers, sans guitarist Dave Keuning and bassist Mark Stoermer, which is only a change for the live shows.
The band has expressed their sincerest wishes that fans will not be let down with the tour lineup that is to come, as this album was made straight from the heart.
The Killers will make a stop at Detroit’s Masonic Temple on January 15th of next year.
1. “Wonderful Wonderful”
2. “The Man”
4. “Life to Come”
5. “Run for Cover”
6. “Tyson vs Douglas”
7. “Some Kind of Love”
8. “Out of My Mind”
9. “The Calling”
10. “Have All the Songs Been Written?”
Review by Tiffany Cuthrell, header photo by Erik Weiss
The four piece band hails from the cozy town of Frankenmuth, with a powerful sound that juxtaposes the farmer feel of mid-Michigan.
Greta Van Fleet’s debut EP, “Black Smoke Rising” was released on April 21st, 2017. Their lead single, “Highway Tune” was also featured on the Showtime smash hit show, “Shameless”.
Their music has been present on local new rock alternative radio station, 89X, and the band will be making an appearance at 101.1 the WRIF‘s RIFF Fest on September 29th.
GVF will be joining headliners at WRIF Fest such as Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, and Halestorm.
The band will also be touring throughout the US and the UK into October.
Check them out at a venue near you!
Full tour dates below:
09/26: The Black Heart – London, UK
09/27: Boston Music Room – London, UK
09/29: WRIF RIFF Fest – Detroit, MI
09/30: WJJO – Sonic Boom Festival – Janesville, WI
10/01: Louder Than Life – Louisville, KY
10/03: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
10/05: Funhouse at Mr. Smalls – Pittsburg, PA
10/06: Main Street Armory – Rochester, NY
10/07: Rock Allegiance – Camden, NJ
10/10: O’Connors Irish Pub – Clarksville, TN
10/11: SideTracks Music Hall – Huntsville, AL
10/12: One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
10/15: 97.1 The Eagle Freakers Ball – Frand Prairie, TX
10/19: The Troudbadour – Los Angeles, CA
10/20: Moroccan Lounge – Los Angeles, CA
10/21: Aftershock Festival – Sacramento, CA
10/23: Hawthore Theatre – Portland, OR
10/24: Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
10/29: The Troubadour – Los Angeles
10/30: The Troubadour – Los Angeles
11/01: The Realto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
11/30: Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
12/02: Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
12/05: Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
12/06: Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
12/12: Capone’s – Johnson City, TN
12/14: Delmar Hall – St. Louis, MO
12/15: Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
12/16: Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
12/18: Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
12/19: Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
Words by: Tiffany Cuthrell, photos courtesy of Ford Fairchild (featured) and Chris M. Junior (live)
If you haven’t yet heard of Surprise Asteroid, keep your ear to the ground, and your eyes open.
The Indiana natives have released a tremendous new song entitled, “Break Your Curse”.
A Rage-worthy beat drives the song along. The band captures some shades of Weezer and Pixies on their best days, but despite any comparisons, create a memorable sound all their own.
Endearing lyrics tie the song together with charming prose such as “Take a look into my eyes, you won’t find any disguise” and “I wanna show you everything, I wanna be the first…If share this secret, will it break your curse?”
The single has also been a long time coming, and is a result of incredible persistence, and passion to make great music.
Two gentleman from Warsaw, Indiana met 12 years back, and started a musical alliance together. Joby and Grant floated around in different projects, and breathed light into a new idea, Surprise Asteroid, in 2010.
Based both in creativity and fluidity, the two lads adapted a method that would allow their music to stay fresh, as well as solve any problematic travel woes a tour might bring about. Similar to the structure of FUN, SA recorded their first album as a collaborative with different musicians, which would remain true on the road.
SA was faced with a series of setbacks when one of the two stationary members, Joby, was called away to serve in the military overseas. Any tour and further musical releases were put on hold.
After some stops and starts, the band hassled hard with Nashville producer, John Mark Painter to assemble a brand new collection of songs.
Their first presentation is the terrific aforementioned track, “Break Your Curse”.
With endless possibilities on the horizon, Surprise Asteroid is hoping to release an EP in the near future to display both their music, and to share their songs with all who will enjoy.
Review by: Tiffany Cuthrell, photos courtesy of Surprise Asteroid