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artist: Race You There | genre: indie-pop, alt-rock | label: unsigned

Race You There

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White Flag    Casualties

It’s no secret.  Music is everywhere.  One could travel to the far reaches of this our beloved planet Earth and could easily find people from the remotest locales expressing themselves through some sort of musical medium.   As has been said/written about many times before on this very website…there are plenty of good bands and talented songwriters out there but what really catches our ear here at Froglix is good ole fashioned originality. Anyone can be a good copycat (just ask Blink 182, Sum 41 or any other “insert emo-punk band” here) but it takes a bit of a different breed to swim upstream and define something that is truly your own.  Thankfully, our newest addition to the broadcast has done just that.

Tucson, Arizona’s Race You There is a four-piece alternative/indie-pop band that is more than just good.  They are truly original and their latest EP, aptly entilted Catalyst, is an excellent example of talented musicians pooling their collective energies enroute to creating something that is unique and imaginative.  From the melancholy opening track, “Low Armaments” to the upbeat “Casualties” to the quirky/syncopated riddim of “Dear Lewis Fry” and ending with the sparkly sounds of “White Flag,” this EP is awash in rich compositions further highlighted by excellent dynamics and strong vocals. I was impressed not only with their performance, which was stellar, but their overall approach to songwriting.  It’s quite poetic really and, dare I say, you will be drawn in from the jump.  This is indie done right.

– Drago

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Moovalya :: Old School Punk with a New Found Flair

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First Degree :: Hail to the Hearts

Now is the time to rejoice my fellow stage divers of old because your friends at Froglix have uncovered further proof that punk is not dead…it’s just been hiding. But Drago, whatever do you mean? Well, it’s like this. Much of what big corporate radio and the majors have been force feeding us over the last decade has merely been mindless dribble masquerading as punk. There it is…I said it.

Remember when punk was…well punk? That, my friends, is the feeling one gets when listening to Moovalya. This power trio from Phoenix, namely Benjamin Jones (vox/guitar), Sean Stroud (bass/vox) and Mitch Hosier (drums), is laying down a vibe that is fast, furious and full of that old school punk angst that rings true for so many. They have an explosive sound that will have you longing for an old school thrash straight from the jump. (For anyone under 30, thrash = mosh pit).

Their most recent studio release, an EP entitled First Degree (also the name of the title track), is available via their website and at $7…it’s a steal! Raucous, rebellious and ripe with raw emotion….get it, play it, dig it.

– Drago