116 Days of Summer Guests: Hold Fast Hope

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When I was in college, I wrote quite a bit of poetry. Unfortunately, I could never manage to turn one into a song. That type of musicality eludes me. If someone could play a tune, maybe I could add words.

So I’m always curious about different songwriting styles.

Hold Fast Hope is a band that you should definitely know. They told me all about their secrets to songwriting. Since I can’t keep a secret, I’m sharing their thoughts with you.

 

What does songwriting mean to you?

Songwriting for us is really a cathartic process, it gives us a release from the world around us albeit if only for 1 to 2 nights a week. Being able to plug in and play after struggling through the day to day of work and all brings us together in a place where we can let out our frustrations and just feel safe to be ourselves. As of recently, it feels our songwriting has taken a leap into a new direction that just feels more “us”. We’re constantly showing each other new bands and artists and gathering new influences that have not only affected our style musically but it gives us insight into the thought processes we each have when writing music.

There’s a lot of give and take in our process between each other. As much as one of us may love a certain song or something we’re working on, it doesn’t always make the final cut. It’s often a process of elimination, and at the end of it, we write new songs in abundance and it comes down to taking the best of all of it to put forward in a release.

Hold Fast Hope on bandcamp

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Talos

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Talos’ album Wild Alee is one of those albums that can sell itself. You don’t need me to tell you that it’s beautiful, breathtaking and dreamy. You just need someone to tell you that this album exists and you should but it.

Talos is from Ireland. I love his voice so much that I would paddleboard or sail across the ocean to see him play live. Of course, I could just wait until he crosses the ocean.

My favorite song on the album is “Your Love is an Island.” Several of his songs have nautical themes. It’s like he’s a sailor speaking to my mermaid heart.

Do you know what alee is? The dictionary says that alee is:

  • adverb, adjective Nautical.
  1. upon or toward the lee side of a vessel; away from the wind (opposed to aweather).

 

So until it’s possible to take off in my own little sailboat, I’ll listen to his album on Spotify. I recommend that everyone do the same.

 

 

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Talos website

Talos on Spotify

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with . . . Stringer

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 Stringer…These guys . . . They are hooligans if I ever saw any – sort of like my neighbor’s teenage grandsons who smoke on the roof of her house and try to play the guitar.
Well, Stringer is several levels above those teenage boys. They’re playing on Warped Tour this year so they have that going for them.  Stringer is going to have a new album out on July 13. So in exactly 1 month, we can all hear the album for ourselves.
 They answered my questions in a timely fashion so I didn’t have to make them pick out a switch off of the tree like some old school grannies used to do. Lucky for them. Also, lucky for you guys. You can read the interview below.
What is Post-Dickwave exactly? It reminds me of my ex for some reason . . .
If your band is described as Post-Dickwave your probably a fan of the short-lived and gloriously stupid rock n roll outfit, Red Dwarf. You’re also probably having less fun than you used to, just like your ex.
Why do you think people keep their stuff longer than they should? (i.e. exes, cars, stacks of magazines)
Probably because things are important and they want these things when they enter that land of wind and shadows from whose born no traveler returns. Frankly, I think everyone should vehemently hold on to every material possession they’ve ever had, for a man is judged only by the sheer amount of stuff they have and nothing else.
How many tattoos do you guys have collectively?
We got more ink than the New York Times.
Would you ever get matching tattoos?
We don’t want to have anything to do with each other.
Have you ever seen a ghost?
No, but I have seen my father naked.
I heard that someone in Stringer broke their toe. How did that happen?
More lies from the crooked MSN, fake news folks, fake news.
When you’re on stage, how much do you pay attention to the crowd?
Hey, they should be paying attention to us, who’s show is this anyway?
If your mom is waving at you from the crowd, will you wave or pretend you don’t know her?
My mom hates my Stringer and has no arms, it must be just one of our many older fans.
What do you want people to know about Stringer?
That we didn’t break the bass in Jed’s practice room.

116 Days of Summer Guests: Till I Fall

Since I’m feeling lazy, I thought that maybe Till I Fall would be interested in telling you about their summer plans. They just released an EP so they’re feeling motivated.  Welcome to the summer guest post by Till I Fall.

 

 

 

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Thanks for checking out our Acoustic EP, which was just released this past Friday, May 25. Zax and I (Brandon) made the decision to put out this EP about 3 or 4 months ago after realizing we were not going to be spending the Summer on the road. With music coming out so quickly there really isn’t “down” time, so we felt this was a great way for us to share some new music while also putting in work behind-the-scenes on new music.

 

This upcoming July, we will be recording some new ideas. We will also preparing for some shows in the Fall; hopefully, where we will be able to try some of these new songs out. Touring and releasing content is obviously what the game is about, so we feel it’s important to do constantly be working on new songs, new written content, photos, videos, really anything we can use to expand our brand and connect with new listeners. One of the goals with Acoustic is to share the sort of “stripped down”/vulnerable vibe of our songs when we write. We want the listener to feel like they were in Zax living room tracking with us. We appreciate you checking out our new release and giving us a chance to speak on it.

 

Acoustic EP by Till I Fall

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Ed Balloon

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Have you heard of Ed Balloon? How have I never heard of him before today?

Maybe because I haven’t been listening to as much hip-hop as I did before the beginning of this blog. So this is what happens – talented people fall off of the music radar. There are so many talented musical artists that one person can’t listen to everything.

Ed Balloon is back on the radar. He deserves all of our attention.

His latest album, Flourish, was released in October 2017. My favorite song on the album is “HOODxAir.”

It’s one of those albums that I can’t listen to with my kids in the car. My kids are already potty-mouths so maybe it won’t matter if they hear cursing.

Ed Balloon radiates joy, even when the topic of the song isn’t happy. He rises above all of the bullshit that weighs everyone else down.

I had a friend tell me to quit listening to sad songs.  Now that I know about Ed Balloon, I might make it out of the pits of despair.

If you’re ever feeling sad, watch Ed Balloon’s video for “@ # trapkaraoke.” Ed Balloon is not an official cure for depression, but he could be.

 

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Ed Balloon on bandcamp

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Wild Child

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I have a wild child. She’s full of energy and talks a mile a minute. My expectations are to expect the unexpected from her.

It’s sort of like the latest album from Wild Child, Expectations. When I started listening to it I did not know what to expect. Is their music going to be the calm before the storm? Will Wild Child’s songs be extra hyperactive like whenever my own wild kid goes shopping?

After listening to the album, I would say that the band is not on a sugar high. Their music is sweet but focused. They have a message with each song that they want you to hear. Of course, most bands do want the audience to hear their words but so many messages get lost in the shuffle of having too much crap in one song.

Personally, I like the song “Eggshells.” I literally walked on a gigantic pile of eggshells once. Good times.

I foresee a summer of listening to Wild Child while hanging out with a wild child. It’s a good album for being “Making Memories” playlist.

 

 

Wild Child website

Expectations on Spotify

116 Days of Summer Guests: It’s Dearly

  • Indie recording artist, Dearly, was formerly known by a different name. I asked her to do a guest post on the topic of identity. She says so much with just 159 words.

 

 

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Identity: Something I’ve struggled to find in myself over the past few years and still am on the journey to discovering every day. I think I’ve gotten a better grasp on my identity/ who I am as a person/ artist over the past year, but it’s not always easy.

I waited for over a year to release my new single “Get With You Alone” because I was just so lost- I didn’t know who I was, or who I wanted to be. I knew with this song I needed to wait until the right time- until I had my crap together, had a plan, and could see a path I wanted to take the song down so I didn’t waste it.

Within my new project “Dearly”, I have started to find myself again. I can create unapologetically, be myself, and not be afraid of what others think of me- and to me, that is incredibly powerful.

I am Dearly.

 

 

It’s Dearly website

It’s Dearly on Facebook

116 Days of Summer Guests: Sanderlings

So this post by the Sanderlings the first in the 116 Days of Summer Guests series. Instead of me asking questions, I’ve invited a few bands and solo artists to write about whatever they’d like to talk about – within reason. My mom reads this blog so we’re keeping it kind of clean.

 

 

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Hey, hello! This is Woody from the Santa Barbara-based band Sanderlings checking in here from the left coast, left of the dial, left hand and the left side of the body where the smaller lung rests making room for the heart. I’m a little new to this but I guess when Chasing Destino asked me if I’d do a guest column I thought “YES” and here I am.

And, as I tossed about in bed last night listening to by bike get rained on I thought about what I was going to talk about and the thing that really strapped me down and got me going was the idea of mental health.

It’s something we don’t talk about and it’s something some never have to think about. It’s a butterfly out of reach that can unexplainably stomp you down. I know quite a few people going through the motions of the day feeling empty and the message I want to send is you aren’t alone. No one is alone.

The first step is to start talking and start listening and I think that if we all take a step and reach out with genuine friendship to people we know then this mess of a world will seem a little less tangled.

And one last thing. Don’t feel stigmatized if you are seeking help, there is no shame in talking to a professional therapist and there is nothing wrong with medication.

Please stay safe out there in this wild political climate. Love to all of you ❤  

 

 

Sanderlings LP on bandcamp

Sanderlings website

Sanderlings on Twitter

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Sure Sure

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FYI: I’m not doing anything that I should be doing. Not. One. Thing. In fact, I’ve been folding the same load of laundry for several hours.

What have I been doing? There has been a ton of music playing – sometimes YouTube and Spotify.

For the other part of the day, I’ve been listening to the self-titled album by Sure Sure. Thanks Sure Sure. Now I’m totally distracted by thoughts of going to the beach, road trips and exploring caves.

In my Sure Sure inspired daydreams, there won’t be any laundry or arguments with Manny Pacquimeow about who’s better at finding good music. There will only be a body of water, a standup paddleboard and lots of sunscreen. I can finally wear my fancy beat hat again.

If there’s standup paddleboarding in my near future, then this would be appropriate to play while I’m falling on my ass. Check out the video for “Friends.” Do it before you get distracted by your own daydreams.

 

Sure Sure album on Spotify

All Time Favorites: #weeklyphotochallenge

 

I’m kind of sad that the weekly photo challenge is ending. So here are some of my favorite photos that have been posted on the blog since about 2012 or 2013.

 

 

 

WPC: All Time Favorites