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New Music Friday Chapter 31

Sep 25, 2020

By ALICE

South Florida artist POORSTACY releases the music video for “Darkest Night,” out now via 10K Projects. Featured on the Bill & Ted Face the Music: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack alongside iconic rock acts like Mastodon and Weezer, “Darkest Night” tells the story of all-consuming lust over heavy drums and whirring synths. In the black-and-white music video, the young artist is shown wandering the streets alone late at night, searching aimlessly.

Growing up on a diet of punk, metal, and hip hop, rising artist POORSTACY is a sum of disparate influences. The 21-year-old singer, rapper and guitarist spent his formative years performing shows in small venues around his hometown of Palm Beach, Florida: “There’s a real metal scene out here. Lots of punk rock, gothic stuff. I’ve chosen to actually make music based on what I grew up around.” Combining the power chords and angst of punk with the 808s and half-sung melodies of modern hip hop, POORSTACY quickly gained the attention of record label 10K Projects, who signed the young artist in early 2019. With lyrics often focused on themes of isolation and anxiety, POORSTACY’s work feels both intimate and universal, and has led to collaborations with multi-Platinum selling producer Nick Mira (Juice WRLD, Post Malone) and, most recently, Blink-182’s Travis Barker.

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Alternative mainstay Mayday Parade has announced the release of Out of Here – a brand-new EP due out on October 16th, 2020 via Rise Records. Along with the announcement, the band has shared new song “Lighten Up Kid” In early March, Mayday Parade – Derek Sanders, Brooks Betts, Alex Garcia, Jake Bundrick, and Jeremy Lenzo – stepped into the studio with longtime collaborators Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount to record the EP. On “Lighten Up Kid,” the band continues to explore the power of self-love and finding confidence within, a theme that has run deep throughout their catalogue. “’Lighten Up Kid’ is about trying to find yourself and the strength to keep fighting for what you believe in,” Bundrick said. “It’s about being or feeling cut down and hung out to dry but standing up for yourself in the end.”

The EP follows the release of 2018’s Sunnyland LP, the band’s 5th full-length album which has streamed over 62 MILLION times and took the band to five continents since its release. A band known for their high-energy and almost non-stop live shows, Mayday Parade had to cancel their North American Tour in support of their newly released single “It Is What It Is” in early April along with several festival appearances slated for this summer. The cancelled touring hasn’t stopped them from connecting with fans on a series of live Happy Hours throughout quarantine and earlier this summer, they released a feel-good cover of The Beatles’ classic, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” which featured friends including The Maine’s John O’Callaghan, We The Kings’ Travis Clark, Dan Lambton(Formerly of Real Friends), Knuckle Puck’s Joe Taylor and Grayscale’s Collin Walsh.Fans can also look forward to special themed, ticketed livestreams planned throughout the fall to tide fans (and the band) over until they can return to the road. 2021 is already shaping up to be an exciting year with performances at Riot Fest (Chicago, IL), Four Chord Music Fest (Pittsburgh, PA), Nova Rock Festival (Austria), Greenfield Festival(Switzerland), Hurricane Festival (Germany), and Southside Festival (Germany) with much more on the horizon.

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Today The Cribs have shared new track “I Don’t Know Who I Am” and its accompanying video, taken from their forthcoming eighth album, Night Networkwhich will be released via Sonic Blew/[PIAS] on Friday, November 13th. The track sees the band reuniting with Lee Ranaldo, ex-of Sonic Youth, who contributed spoken word verses on their much-loved 2007 track “Be Safe”. Here providing guitar, the track was recorded at Dave Grohl’s 606 Studios in Los Angeles during the album sessions, before Ranaldo layered sheets of white-noise guitar over the recording at Sonic Youth’s Hoboken studio, and a few backing vocals for good measure.

“I Don’t Know Who I Am (although ultimately quite different) came together in much the same way as ‘Be Safe’ did back in 2006 – we had a recording of a long, improvised noise-jam which we then tried to refine into a more cohesive song structure. Due to the similarities in the writing process, it made us think of Lee again…we had initially requested that he play noise guitar over the track, because we wanted to keep it somewhat abstract and create the impression of the melodies just kind of emerging out of the static…but he went beyond the call of duty and also added some beautiful vocal harmonies too, out at the Sonic Youth studio in New Jersey.
Working with Lee on ‘Be Safe’ was without question one of the highlights of our career as a band, and we think that ‘I Don’t Know Who I Am’ is a worthy follow up collaboration. We are very proud of how it turned out. Lyrically, the song addresses the disconnect that Ryan and myself have always had with our biological paternal lineage – and how that may have shaped our views on masculinity, gender roles, and the men we ultimately grew up to be.”

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Introducing: Team Solo, a “collaborative solo” project from Hackney based recording artist Scuta Salamanca (previously of The Dallas Guild and also Social Skills). First inspired by a minimalist Hip Hop / R&B approach after finding a broken ’80s drum machine (EMU SP12), he melds Indie, Pop, and Ska influences with a colourful aesthetic to create a sound that’s truly unique.
Debut single “It Only Makes Me Love You More”, due for release September 25th, is the first taste of Team Solo’s percussive, energetic and driving left-of-centre pop. The track is a light-hearted play on feeling “under the thumb in a relationship,” Scuta says, adding – “I’m trapped in love – but perhaps I like it that way. “

Recorded in Scuta’s “old, ramshackle studio in a factory in North London” the track features his studio neighbour Nick Crofts (Heart Years, The Title Sequence) on piano and also Alex Reeves (Elbow, Dizzee Rascal) on Percussion.
Prone to trying everything, as a solo artist making tracks in his studio in Hackney, the musical mantra of Team Solo is: minimalism. The songs need to be simple enough so he could pack a bag at a moment’s notice and perform anywhere in the world. Not wanting to just make a solo project, he invites a guest to perform on each song during the process of recording. Some of them he knows, and others he has never met or even spoken to, often allowing the guests artist to do whatever they want which gives a greater colour to each track whilst still remaining distinctly Team Solo. 
Team Solo is a wholly unique proposition, which is only set to grow after the release of their debut single. 

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