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Sleep Deprived Music Review: Freezing Cold

Freezing Cold on Bandcamp

Freezing Cold of Brooklyn, NY will be releasing their album, Glimmer, within the next week.

They sound like indie rock/punk. Freezing Cold has a lot of energy and lyrics that actually mean something. You can understand what the singer is saying which is my favorite. The songs that I like the most on this album are “Pill Box” and “New Ways to Wait.”

 The music reminds me of Smashing Pumpkins. Not exactly like them but a similar vibe of trying to make a difference with music. Maybe they are just trying to play their music and not worried about making a difference. However, I don’t get the feeling that they don’t care about anything.

 

I would like to listen to this album while changing the world with Greta Thunberg. You probably want something with a fairly fast tempo if you’re going to protest and/or advocate for any worthy cause.

This video is kind of old but it’s the only one I can find from Freezing Cold.

 Freezing Cold is Jeff Cunningham (guitar & vocals), Angie Boylan (drums and vocals – who is currently the touring drummer for Sleater Kinney), and Nick Rice (bass)

Interview with . . . Younger Then

Indie rockers Younger Then’s tagline is “Not Your Father’s Rock and Roll.” I say thank goodness because my dad was into instrumental rock and roll – kind of boring. To each his own, I guess. Anyway, check out this interview that I did with Younger Then, who are not boring at all.

 

 

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What is the best thing about Buffalo, NY?

Buffalo is an amazing city that doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. The food and people are great. The city has a lot of history. But the best part is definitely the music scene. There is no shortage of talented musicians in this city. Our music scene is definitely thriving.
Where was your first show?

Our first show as Younger Then was at a venue in downtown Buffalo called Waiting Room (RIP).
Who would you follow around -as a fan- on tour if possible?

Kings of Leon has always been a favorite for us. Awesome performers too. Definitely wouldn’t get tired of following them around!
What is your father’s rock and roll? My dad is old so it’s early, early, early rock and roll . . . young Elvis and Ricky Nelson.

My earliest memories of listening to music were in the car with my dad on our way to the Adirondacks where we spent every summer. He used to play stuff like Tom Petty, Jimmy Buffett, Journey, Ozzy. A pretty wide variety. But I think what we really meant by “Not your father’s rock n’ roll” was just the idea that people can expect something a little different from us.
How many stories do you begin or end with “I was Younger Then . . .”?

That whole idea is where the name of the band originated. A lot of the songs we write are very nostalgic and reflect on times of our lives when we were younger.
If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?

Tour bus. Easy.
How long would you guys survive on a deserted island?

Probably longer than most bands. We have all lived together at one point or another. We’ve also all worked together. So over the years, we have spent a pretty significant amount of time together and still haven’t gotten sick of each other!
What were you guys doing before you joined the band?

Before we started writing songs as “Younger Then” we were in other bands together. We’ve all known each other for about 10 years and have been making music together the entire time. Band names and styles have changed over the years. But we’ve just always been making music together.
What do you want people to know about Younger Then?

Music is extremely important to us and we appreciate everyone who supports what we do. We have no intentions of slowing down any time soon!

Younger Then on Facebook

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Subways on the Sun

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When the first song on the new Subways on the Sun album started, I was not convinced that I would like this album. By the end of the song, I was prepared to stay for the rest of the album. It doesn’t always go like that – not everyone wins over the audience.

Capsize will be out tomorrow and available for everyone to listen to or put on a playlist. My prediction is that people will like the album. The people that like this album will probably also like Weezer and beards.

I’m intrigued by the song “Hope You Like Getting Old.” Can we play it on the radio and dedicate it to my ex? That would be cool and a little bit mean. We don’t have to point out the gray hairs in his beard or ask him when he’s going to shave that shit off. Ugh. Beards are not for everyone, especially if you don’t take the time to trim it. You can be a man and manscape at the same time.

For the love of Erick, Nick and Lars take the time to listen to this album and do some self-care.

Subways on the Sune linktree

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Sleep Deprived Music Review: Lily DeTaeye

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Maybe I discovered Lily DeTaeye on Twitter. It’s too hard to say for sure. The point is that she is on the radar now. If you like Indie/Folk singers, then you will love Lily DeTaeye. Besides having a great singing voice, DeTaeye plays the piano, guitar, and ukulele.

Her EP “The EP,” came out in 2017. She writes her own songs. It’s awesome that people still do that. Let’s hope that she’ll come out with a new album sooner than later. It would be a shame if she didn’t keep making music.

Until then, you can probably catch DeTaeye’s live show if you are in the Des Moine, Iowa or Moline, Illinois area. FYI: Iowa has one of the most beautiful capitol buildings. Trust me. My parents took me to so many capitol buildings when I was young. I’m practically an expert.

So there are two things worth seeing in Iowa: Lily DeTaeye and the capitol building in Des Moine.

 

Visit Lily DeTaeye’s website or her Facebook page to stay updated on her live events.

 

Lily DeTaeye website

Lily DeTaeye on Facebook

Sleep Deprived Music Review: A Brilliant Lie

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Have you ever told a brilliant lie? I did once. It was exhausting. When I listen to the band, A Brilliant Lie, I wonder what kind of secrets they are keeping.

Their talent isn’t a secret. They’ve played at music festivals like Warped Tour and Rocklahoma so they can’t be too terrible. Did you know that they aren’t signed with a record label? It doesn’t mean anything except that they probably like being independent.

The last album, Threads: Spinner, was released in 2016. My favorite song on the album is “This Means War.” All of the songs kickass though – lots of energy and pretty decent lyrics.

So are they working on a top-secret album? Maybe.

Are they standing in for the real band in some weird lip-sync battle? Unlikely.

Threads: Spinner on Spotify

A Brilliant Lie website

Interview with . . . Persona

If you search for Persona on Twitter, you will find several bands named Persona. Twitter also has some accounts related to a game also called Persona. All of those other Persona’s may be great but the one you want to find is an Indie rock band from New York. I do think it would be interesting if Persona of New York toured with Persona of Tunisia for a few shows.

Until then, enjoy the following interview with Persona of New York.

 

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Did you know that there is another band called Persona from Tunisia?

Haha no, we had no idea lol. But they’re gonna have to give us our name back!!

Does anyone in the band have a bucketlist? If so, what’s on it?

We all have bucket lists, and I believe that most people in the world have one to some certain extent. Some similarities between us and our own bucket lists would be traveling as much of the world as possible, marrying the right woman and creating a beautiful family with her, getting our music in the ears of as many people as possible.

Where was your first concert?

Tom, Costas, & Sam: The Pop Disaster Tour 2002 (Blink-182, Green Day, Saves the Day) CJ: Taking Back Sunday & Weezer

How do you stay motivated on the days when motivation is nowhere to be found?

I think its a balancing act. You gotta push through the fire and flames. It is easier said than done, but after awhile it becomes a part of you. You also need to know days to just put it down. Walk away and take a breather. Not every day or moment is going to go your way, just deal with it as best as possible and know when to take a breather and come back with a fresh mind.

What did you like the most about the 90s?

The 90’s were a simpler time. It was warm, happy and bright. People weren’t so miserable and angry. The world didn’t feel as cold back then. The music was much better haha. Were all 90s babies so to us that time period is sacred.

Do you put much stock in astrology? By the way, what’s your sign?

We definitely believe it to an extent. Tom is a firm believer and loves the stars and space. Tom & CJ are both Gemini, Costas is Cancer, and Sam is Scorpio.

What is your favorite thing about summertime?

The freedom, The warmth, the liveliness. Summer is such a dear time and it is one where friends and family get together for bbq’s, beach days, or road trips. I hate the cold New York winters. Me and 20 degree weather just don’t mix, lol. I love the longer days, the amazing memories, the wind down to wind up feeling. Summer is just so special.

I read that some of the band members have survived car accidents and house fires. So glad that everyone survived – that is a blessing. What do you think gets you through the really tough times?

I think to each his own, but it truly is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. Dark times and tragedies do not have to define where you are going. They do not have to define who you are. You conquer and grow. We have all faced our share of dark clouds. But they have only made us stronger individually and collectively. I respect so much the people going out there and proving to themselves their worth. No matter what or who tries to break you, you prevail. Life, my family, my friends, this band, this music, my future, my dreams, my hope, and my grit is what gets me through these tough times.

 

What do you want people to know about Persona?

We have been through a lot as a band collectively. Good times and bad times. But we truly believe in our music and we truly believe in each other. We want to reach out and make an impact on as many people as possible. But we also recognize that if we change one person’s life or thought of view, we have done our job and we have done it well. As far as what we are doing, We will be doing a northeast run in July and will be taking the month of August off to spend time with our friends and family. We are hitting the studio in November to record our third EP and are planning numerous tours throughout the country. Persona is Tom Spartinos, Costas Themistocleous, Sam Trestman and CJ Kostaras.

Persona on Spotify

Persona of New York on Twitter

Persona on Facebook

 

116 Days of Summer Guests: Future Thieves

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Hello all! Elliot from Future Thieves here. It’s summer! We live in Nashville, TN so when I say summer I mean it’s summer. You can feel it in the air. 95 degree days with no lack of humidity.

But that’s alright cause we’re releasing new music, and it’s an exciting time for us. We’ve been working on our new self-titled, full-length record for the last year, and it’s finally time for everyone to get a listen!

We released our first single “Dark Spin” on June 1st and are set to release two more singles before the album drops September 7. Thanks to everyone that’s listened so far and keep your eyes and ears out for more.

Anyway, let’s need out. With summer comes tons of fun for me. I grew up on a farm in eastern Kentucky. Some of you who follow us may have seen some pictures of the farm when we occasionally write there.

For those of you who haven’t, it can be described as isolated bliss. No address, at the end of a long one lane road. Growing up we’d raise our own horses and bail our own hay. Another thing we would always do is plant a garden. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and tons more.  Getting to do that was always a refreshing and enlightening experience. Getting to see something so beautiful and nutritious grow from just a seed.

Well, I’ve taken what I learned there and applied it every summer since. Recently we built two large raised bed gardens and a small one for herbs. We have tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash and zucchini, basil, thyme, rosemary, sage, cilantro, dill and many more. I love fresh food, all of us in the band do as seen on our Tumblr where our producer Alex Jarvis and I cook up some delicious stuff for the band while we go on writing trips.

Gardening is something I love nerding out on every year. So in celebration of the 116 days of summer here are some pics of our home garden 🙂

Thanks and much love from our Future Thieves family to yours xoxoxoxoxo

 

 

 

Future Thieves website

Future Thieves YouTube channel

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Kat Meoz

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There’s no denying that Kat Meoz rocks. Some say her music is indie rock but I think it rocks more than most indie rock. Don’t get me wrong – I love indie rock but Kat Meoz’s music has more of a bluesy rock feel. She’s been compared to Joan Jett, which is a fairly accurate comparison.

She fits into the indie category because her first album was released on an independent label. She’s also an independent woman and can do what she wants so there’s an indie rock aura about her.

I think my cat, Manny Pacquimeow, likes the album. He’s been lurking at the door while it’s been playing. He’s a young cat so he doesn’t know too much about angst and independent women yet. He’ll learn soon enough.

So if you like rock or indie rock, then you will probably enjoy her album, Here I Wait. It’s available in the usual spots – iTunes, Spotify, etc.

Here I Wait on Spotify

Kat Meoz on iTunes

Here I Wait video on YouTube

Kat Meoz on Twitter

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Sleep Deprived Music Review: Mojave Nomads

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Oh my goodness. I should be sick of this album by Mojave Nomads by now. It’s been playing over and over. I don’t see an end in sight. It will also be available for everyone to purchase and listen to on April 27.

I get several recommendations every week – from YouTube, Spotify, my daughter’s boyfriend and so on. So far, Phases by Mojave Nomads, is one of my favorite suggestions.

Mojave Nomads is an Indie rock/pop group from Ogden, Utah. I was not planning to like them but you cannot help who you like sometimes. The heart wants what it wants. Apparently, my heart wants to listen to Mojave Nomads.

Things that my heart loves about this album:

  • The lead singer’s voice is interesting. I don’t think he sounds like too many other people.
  • Creature Double Feature is probably my favorite song on the album.
  • Most of the songs are energetic and lively. The band is like a ball of fire.

Band Members of Mojave Nomads:

Tyler Harris – Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar,
Colter Hill – Lead Guitar,
Bryton Bell – Bass,
Cole Eisenhour – Percussion,
Mason Hill – Synth/Keys

Mojave Nomads website

Mojave Nomads “Strange Love” video on YouTube

Mojave Nomads on Spotify