Sleep Deprived Music Review: Kat Meoz



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



Sleep Deprived Music Review: Shawn James



In the midst of all of the videos that my kids and I watch on YouTube, this guy appeared like an answer to my prayers. I’m grateful that Shawn James made it through the hodge podge of Minecraft and “Don’t Laugh” challenge videos.

He used to be in a band called Shawn James and the Shapeshifters, which played more hard rock. James solo stuff is a mix of hard rock and the blues. Some people say there’s a folk music element. I guess I’m not familiar enough with folk music to hear it.

His last album, On the Shoulders of Giants, is available on Bandcamp and Spotify. My favorite song on the album is Delilah. It’s nothing like Delilah by Tom Jones. I’m pretty sure that James writes his own music. Maybe he could do a cover of the Tom Jones song on YouTube. Until then, you can follow Shawn James on all of the usual social media outlets.

Shawn Jones. On the Shoulders of Giants. Bandcamp

Shawn James on Twitter

Shawn James website

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Eva Under Fire



What band? Name of album

Eva Under Fire. War. Their record label is Golden Dragon Records

The band members are as follows:
Amanda Lyberg – Vocals
Rob Lyberg – Guitar
Jeff Llewellyn – Bass/Vocals
Corey Newsome – Drums
Chris Slapnix – Guitar/Vocals


Rock and roll. Emphasis on the rock.

Is it good?

Yeah, I think it is. I was going to see them live but they cancelled. They’re from Detroit so there’s still a possibility of seeing them sooner than later.


Is it different?

Not necessarily. However, it’s still a pretty rockin’ album. I can see myself dancing around the house while listening to it.

Every song has a lot of energy. It could be the album that keeps me moving even though I’d rather be sleeping.

Does it remind you of other bands?

It reminds me of Lita Ford if she was the lead singer for the Black Veil Brides. It’s not a totally bad idea. . . .

Would you recommend it to other people?

Yes. Go listen to it.

Did you enjoy listening to the album?

I really did enjoy it. I will be listening to it again soon. My favorite song was “Good Morning Misery.”

Where can you find it?

Spotify, Google Play, Bandcamp.

You can also find t-shirts and other merchandise on Bandcamp. Eva Under Fire also has a Facebook Page and are on Twitter.

On a scale of 1 to 5 stars.

I would give it a  3.5 out of five stars.


Eva Under Fire on Twitter


Eva Under Fire video



Ghost Town

There are a few bands that I’ve missed seeing this summer because being a responsible adult is a bummer. Ghost Town is one of those bands. For now, I will have to be okay with following their YouTube videos and Instagram.
By the way, here are some questions answered by Alix Koochaki, guitarist/vocalist,  from ghost town. Thank goodness that playing 20 questions with bands still falls in the category of being an adult.

Band members of Ghost Town are Kevin “Ghost” McCullough, Alix “Monster” Koochaki and Manny “MannytheDrummer” Dominick.
This is the best picture.


Who is the best gamer in the group?

Probably Kevin. Our skills and appreciation for the gaming world are mismatched. But I would put Kev against anyone in a match of Mortal Combat.

What is your favorite rock and roll movie

“Rock Star” with Mark Walburg. Such an amazing movie. A tale of fame from rise to fall and all the highs and lows in between. I hope to have a rock n roll story to tell like that some day. Steel Dragon ROCKS!

How has your summer tour been so far?

It’s been great. Full of long days of hard work and playing shows and meeting our Ghosts. Each night I think we can all go to sleep knowing we’ve done the best job we could have done that day and left our positive mark wherever we could.

Do you have a favorite charity?

Loves Not Dead. One our good friends, who we brought on tour with us, has started a great thing in efforts to help those less fortunate and without a home. Each day on tour with us he would feed the homeless and continues to do that and spread that positivity. We will definitely be doing more with ‘Loves Not Dead’ in the future.

Did you expect to be successful? Is is ever surreal?

There has always been a clear vision of seeing myself doing what I am doing today, and the vision grows and takes shape every day. Sometimes in the middle of all the chaos it is easy to get caught up in the daily, but when I’m able to take a step back and reflect, it is definitely a surreal thing. Each day, not only for myself, but my fellow artist and musician you grow and learn and come one step closer to fulfilling what it is we are meant to do as artists and with our art. I will forever be on that journey I feel like, I can only hope my expression finds its way to others and gives them an ounce of hope or help to help them achieve what it is inside them.

Where was your first show? How different was it than your last show?

My very first show as a “band” was in the backyard of one of my best friends house on a makeshift stage his dad made. We played covers for all of our parents and made our first dollar! Ha. Our last show was in Ohio on the Vans Warped Tour in front of FANS! It is truly an honor each day to have the opportunity to play our music to people that genuinely feel some type of way about what we do and what we have created.

Who has been your favorite band at Warped Tour?

This year my favorite band to watch would have to be a tie between I See Stars and The Maine. Both bands have become friends of mine which is a surreal thing in itself being that I grew up in bands watching those bands play and tour and here I am now doing it with them and have the privilege of calling them friends.

Have you ever visited a real Ghost Town?

Yes. Definitely. I’d say multiple. Touring the United States numerous times there have been many time where I ask myself…”who, lives here? How is there life here?” 

Have you had any paranormal experiences?

If you check out one of our vlogs on our YouTube channel you can see one caught on camera. It was at our favorite venue, The Masquerade in Atlanta, which just so happens to be haunted.

Ghost Town Instagram




Interview with Evan Baken of EftMega

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Evan Baken, formerly of The Movielife, has founded a new online music store, EftMega, which has the interest of the artist and the consumer at heart.

EftMega gives musicians a place to sell their music, while retaining the rights. Fans have a place to find music that may be meaningful to them personally, instead of what is popular or mainstream.

Baken answered a few questions about EftMega and what makes is different from other online music sites.

What was the catalyst for thinking of EftMega?

I’ve been disenchanted with the music business since my old band signed our first deal with Revelation Records way back when.  The industry was a necessary evil – you needed to get your music in stores, you needed to get your music out to as many people in as many places as possible, so we really had no choice.   When you have no choice or less choices, the deals you get end up being less than favorable.  I’ve been working in this biz for almost 20 years now and the problems are still so insane.  Most artist deals are still lopsided, most labels want you for a long term, and own your albums and pieces of your publishing, touring and merch.  At this point – all that comes at a time when labels can’t even sell your music.  It makes no sense that they should have more and offer you less.  Everyone talks about the good of the internet opening up limitless possibilities for artists to reach people today which is true but there still isn’t a good platform to bring all this in and focus consumers and show them the right artists, the ones worth their time.  Most platforms don’t convince consumers to pay, most want bands to do all the work and most don’t effectively expose artists – they’re filled with acts that aren’t serious, aren’t full time and aren’t worth the attention.  I wanted to create a site that fixed all these issues and not only served to help artists today but also would have helped my band way back when.  The idea that there is a place that would get our music out to people, let us keep ownership of our albums, and show everyone just how hard we were working is a good thing for me and the industry at large.  So, because none of that existed I built it myself.

Have you had a good response from bands that use it?

Yeah, everything has been great.  We designed the artist pages a little differently than other sites.  When you first come to a page, you get the music first as opposed to the bios and other basic info.  That page can be skinned and colored to match an artist’s website so it’s as close to seamless as we can get.  The idea is that people will be coming to these pages in one of two ways – entering and searching from there or by going from an artist’s website or social media.  So when you come from an artist’s website you don’t really need the bios and other info since it already lives on their own site – we wanted to focus on the music and make it more of an extension of the artist’s website.  From there you have the option of extending the page and getting all the other basic info, which is helpful for people entering from  I think it’s a good mix of both scenarios and so far the artists seem to dig it.  I think the artists also like the scene classifications and how that all ties in together to create a better picture of how these bands actually exist and tour.
Is it user-friendly for consumers that want to buy albums?

I think so.  It’s pretty easy to listen to things, to save stuff to check out later, and find more artists in the scenes of artists you like, and then expand that search to other areas.  Plus every album you buy can be accessed and re-downloaded over and over again.  There are some other features we will add in the future to help with the search capabilities, but overall it’s pretty basic and easy to get around.  Plus there’s a section with interviews, blogs and other articles which people will hopefully enjoy.
What is the difference between a scene and specific scene?

So to me, the scene is made up of the area you are based, and the style of music in that community and the ethic of the people in it.  The specific scene dives a little deeper to the sound of your band in that community.  For my old band, our scene was Long Island Hardcore, and it that scene there were bands like VOD and Milhouse, and Glassjaw who we had a certain bond with but sounded nothing like.  Our styles separated us, but the overall scene united us.  So the specific scene is just what defines your sound, or in our case it’s what separated us from those bands and aligned us better with bands like Silent Majority and Brand New.


I read your article, “Am I coming in clear?” Seems like excellent advice. Would you have listened to someone in a band rather than someone with a record company?

At the time, no.  We had plenty of advice from people in bands.  One lunch with Chris Carrabba he was telling us not to sign with Drive Thru, and all about his time there and to wait just like he did and explore every option.  We were just stupid, we got an idea in our head and it just became all we wanted.  We had an experience on Revelation and we convinced ourselves that Drive Thru was the complete opposite- that they would support us differently and have the money and resources to help us compete with bigger bands, and in the end it was like being on the same label.  Each one had a budget, and each one did very little beyond their initial marketing plan.  Once we started to see other bands on the label get TV play and tour opportunities over us, we just got so resentful and bitter – it was an immediate downward spiral that we couldn’t escape from.  Bands are stubborn, and we got to where we were by doing things our way and we were too impatient to listen to anyone else.
What’s the goal? What do you really want to accomplish with EftMega?

I want this to be the best way music is sold, connected and exposed for touring musicians.  I want artists to get what they deserve- money for their art, a loyal following because they were able to build a proper fanbase, and I want customers to get good value.  Pop music can have radio charts, streaming, and fair weather fanbases built around product placement, and choreography.  I want to have the best system for discovering new music and supporting touring artists worldwide, because that’s what artists deserve.  Right now we are only able to support artists in the US and Canada, so I’d love to be everywhere and I’d love to make the site experience and community bigger and more interactive.  The ultimate goal for me is that when a new band puts out an album and decides to give a career in music a go, this is the only place they want to be at, and there are enough fans there to make it meaningful.

Is this your main project right now?

This is my one and only project for the past two years now.  Been working on this a long, long time since it was a business plan in graduate school.  I don’t know if people know just how much time goes into making a website like this, from the planning, to the web spec, to the technical spec, the front end design, the metric, all the site text, getting artists on board, etc.  Lots of time, lots of work.  Lots of help.

How many bands have signed up so far?

We’ve got 43 bands signed up so far.  Our goal was 50 bands by the end of the three months, so since we just started month number two we are looking pretty good.  I’m really appreciative of the artists who have come on board and taken a chance with the site considering all the current platforms out there.  The hardest part is getting people to buy in at the beginning and these bands have really gotten behind the idea and helped fill the site with good music and helped spread the word, so a big thank you to all of them, and I’m hopeful more artists will come and the word will continue to spread.


Interview with Being As An Ocean

Being As An Ocean
Being As An Ocean

Being As An Ocean’s lead singer, Joel Quartuccio, has one of the most stellar beards that I’ve ever seen. Beneath the beard is an intriguing man in a really badass band. Members of this mind-blowing band are: Quartuccio – Unclean vocals, spoken vocals; Tyler Ross – Lead guitar, backing vocals; Ralph Sica – Bass; Michael McGough – Rhythm guitar, clean vocals; and Connor Denis – Drums.

Being As An Ocean released their self-titled album in June. If they are in the area, you should definitely go to their show. It will be worth the trip. In fact, I wish that I could follow them around on tour. Seeing them play live would never get old.

On a side note, when we saw them on Warped Tour, Joel touched my boyfriend’s face. After that the boyfriend walked around in a daze for an hour. He said he was not possessed or affected in any way but I’m not so sure.
The band’s name is derived from the following quote from Gandhi: “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

1. The origin of the band name is really cool. Have you ever lost faith in humanity?

Joel Q: I have, but never completely. There are times when the world can seem so dark and bleak to each one of us, when we witness injustice or when we are the victims of it, and it is only natural to feel as if our belief in the goodness of humanity has been bruised. But it is worth saying that all of the good outweighs the bad. There are many more redemptive things about the qualities of humanity than bad, if we allow those things to grow in our character and us, as people, so we can never lose hope in it, not completely. There is always hope for better, to be better.

2. I know you guys were really busy this past summer. Did you enjoy Warped Tour?
Joel Q: We had an absolute blast. We have fallen in love with the “traveling circus/camp” feel of it all, and the shows have been more incredible than we could have asked for. Not to mention some of our best friends from the road are playing our same stage; every day it feels more and more like family. There are so many incredible acts playing this year, we are just honored to be apart of it all and are enjoying it immensely.
3. Who was your favorite band on Warped Tour?
Joel Q: On our stage: it would have to be a toss up between Hundredth and ’68. Sick shows every day. And not on our stage: although they were only on the tour for a very short while, Motion City Soundtrack was like a kid’s dream come true for me to watch (they were perfect) and PVRIS  played some truly incredible shows. Smashing it.
4. Do you ever get overwhelmed by all of the people at the shows?
Joel Q: There are definitely times when I can feel overwhelmed, but I know myself well enough to know when I need to just excuse myself, recharge.

5. Is there anywhere on the planet that you haven’t toured yet?
Joel Q: We still have never toured a lot of Asia or any of South America, but we hope to start checking some of that stuff off our list very shortly.
6. Who influences you on a regular basis?
Joel Q: One of my favorite bands of all time, mewithoutYou has consistently put out records that have affected me to the core since I first heard [A–>B] Life. Their masterfully spun lyrics and poetry have always left me feeling contemplative, introspective and the music, as a whole, has continuously been a very special spiritual experience.
7. What would you be doing if you weren’t in a band?
Joel Q: I would have loved to go to school to become a psychologist or an English teacher, and who knows, maybe someday I will, a lot of life to live yet.
8. Do you believe that if the music is too loud that you’re too old?
Joel Q: Haha. As much as the lost boy in me says, yes, the physical reality of ringing ears says, no. If I didn’t wear earplugs a good percent of the time, my hearing would be even worse than it already is at 24.
9. Do you have any advice for people who want to start a band?
Joel Q: Make sure that the people in your band/group are all of a similar mind where the project is concerned. Similar dreams and goals let a team thrive and being a band is a team sport. You need to rely on those other 4 guys in a lot of life on the road/as a band. But if you can find that team, it is and can be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do with your time, especially if you are truly passionate about music.
10. Is there anyone that you’d like to share the stage with?
Joel Q: It would be a huge dream of mine to play with mewithoutYou or Sigúr Rós in any capacity. I think I could die happy.
11. Do you have anything weird in your contract rider?
Joel Q: Actually our rider wouldn’t surprise anyone or raise any eyebrows. Raw garlic and ginger, maybe, just in case someone starts getting sick in any way.
HP: Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions.
Joel Q: Thank you so much for the opportunity to chat. Much Love.

Hour 24: They went without WiFi. On Purpose. They are Better than You and I

Hour 24
Hour 24

YouTube gets their recommendations right sometimes. They recommended listening to Hour 24. So now they are one of my favorite bands. Hour 24 of Temperance, Michigan has been touring all over America this past summer. If you had a chance to catch their live show, you already know that they rock. If you haven’t seen them or heard of them, then you can still watch their videos on YouTube.

They are also raising funds to pay for their newest album. Hour 24 will be recording the album with producer Dan Korneff, who has worked with Pierce the Veil, Paramore and Sleeping with Sirens.

The current band roster is Rachel Mayer – vocals; Dan Quigley – guitar; Cody Sizemore – guitar/vocals; Chris Salazar – bass; Mike Neumann – drums.

Rachel Mayer and Dan Quigley talked to me about writing the album in a remote cabin and being in a female-fronted band, among other things.

  1. There a saying “The rooster crows but the hen delivers the goods.” Do you think there’s any truth in that?

Rachel: I don’t know. I think we all equally have our parts in the band. I think being a female front person helps out with our image. It helps when we’re looking for fans. They’re like, “Oh wow! You have a girl singer. That’s not too common.” It definitely helps us get some additional fan interest.

  1. Why haven’t you signed with a label yet?

Dan: In September, we’re going to record with Dan Korneff. When we record the album with him, we will be shopping around. We’re just kind of waiting for the best moment.

  1. How did you end up staying at a cabin in the middle of nowhere to work on the album?

Dan: That was our drummer, Mike Neumann’s uncle’s summer cabin. He was nice enough to open it up for us to use in the winter. When we were writing the album, we wanted crack down and to get away from everything.

Rachel: Yeah, most technology, like Facebook and everything else.

Dan: We really wanted to focus on the music. It was a really great experience. I’m happy with what we came up with out there.

Rachel: It was a wonderful experience. It was kind of cold. It was in the negatives. But we definitely managed to work through that. It helped with creativity, I think.

  1. Do you think it brought you closer?

Rachel: I think it brought us closer. We lived in a really teeny, two-bedroom cabin. Just like getting to write constantly. Even when we weren’t writing, we were playing some kind of music. We all shared food. We watched movies at night together. It was definitely a bonding experience.

  1. What has been the most difficult thing about being independent band?

Dan: Just like any kind of thing when starts up – the initial getting people to know about you. It’s also part of the fun of it too. We’ve been touring for the last year and a half -just getting more and more people to know about us. It’s hard at first. It’s a huge investment – time and financially. It’s absolutely worth it to us. It’s just such a fun thing. We love what we do.

  1. What has been the best thing about touring?

Dan: To me at least, playing shows is so fun. It’s the most rewarding thing to -to play music with my four best friends every night.

Rachel: I would say the same thing. Playing shows and audience interaction. We’ve had a lot of great audience interaction. That’s one of the best feelings in the world to have people singing back to you or putting their hands up. It’s a really good time.

Also, we love meeting the other bands. We make friends at every single show with the bands. We’ll make connections with everyone that we can. Sometimes we’ll go hang out with our fans at Denny’s and have food together.

Dan: The band that we’re on tour with now, Racing on the Sun, that’s actually how we met them last June. When we came through Denver, they were one of the local bands on the show. We’ve been talking to them since then.

  1. What song do you like performing the most?

Rachel: That one is hard too. We all have different ones. My favorite is “Take Me Away.” At the end, there’s an instrumental section where I have a chance to run around and interact with everyone and also jump and do the splits in mid-air.

Dan: “Take me Away” is one for me too. There’s a song on the new album called “Let Your Heart Run Wild” that I really like playing.

Rachel: I love that one too. It’s really inspirational with the meaning and a lot of people get into it. It’s a good song for audience interaction.

  1. What motivates you?

Dan: I’m a very self-motivated person. I love the feeling of progress and getting work done. The feeling of moving forward is my motivation. Knowing that if I keep going at it, more will keep coming.

Rachel: It’s pretty similar for me. I’ll set little goals. As soon as I accomplish that I’ll make another one. Just trying to continue to make progress. It keeps pushing me forward. It helps with the positive outlook as well if any issues come up.

  1. Do you remember the first song that you learned to sing/perform?

Rachel: The first song that I performed was “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar. I pulled Dan into it to play guitar. We had a bass player that we got into it at the time. That was the first song that I ever performed.

Dan: The first song that I ever learned, like most other guitar players out there was the one guitar riff in “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath.

  1. Do you have any other goals that you’d like to accomplish this year?

Dan: Pretty much to keep touring. In September, we’re going to record the album. We set up a Indiegogo crowdfunding page. As an independent band, we don’t have a label to front us the money to record, like many other bands do. Our goal with this album is to put out the best sounding package possible. In total, it’s going to cost us $16,000. So we have the crowdfunding page to help us boost any funds to get it done. So in September and October, we’ll be working on it in New York.

Check out their band page here:

Hour 24

Their crowdfunding page is here:

Hour 24 Indiegogo

This was posted on BuzzFeed for about 24 hours before they pulled it. They have not given me a reason yet. I am positive that I didn’t break any of their rules. Although, I do have bad eyesight and probably can’t read that teeny, tiny fineprint. Just kidding.

Good day BuzzFeed.