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The Train Keeps Rolling

“It’s Americana-ish!” is how Andy Hawk describes his latest studio effort with the Train Wreck Endings and if you’ve heard any of their previous work you’d find it hard to put them into one specific category or genre too.  This, my friends, is a talented group of musicians that effortlessly blends folk, blues and rock into their own special brand of truly American music.

In addition to a new set of original tunes, the soon to be released disc entitled Another Storyline also includes a rocking cover of New Order‘s “Temptation” that features a mandolin as a stand in for the synths….very nice. “Sunshine Street,” my favourite original track, starts with a punchy little bass line paired with the perfect drum cadence…add in some excellent vocal harmonies and, of course, more mandolin and you’ve got a cool little ditty.
Froglix greatly appreciates Andy and company for allowing us a “sneak peek” at Another Storyline and would be remiss if we didn’t do a little pimpin’on their behalf by promoting their upcoming CD release party.

  • When: Friday, November 11 @ 8pm
  • Where: Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville, VA.

Be sure to check out www.andyhawk.com for details, tickets, etc.

– Drago


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More than Treading…


Froglix has recently received word that the Treading Lemmings, fresh off their righteous gig at Philadelphia’s Hard Rock Cafe (photo above), are putting the finishing touches on some new material.  Front man Christopher Quinn tells us that they are on track to have at least (4) new songs completed by summer’s end and we, of course, are rather looking forward to taking a listen.  No doubt they’ll be solid as we’ve come to expect nothing less from them.  (No pressure gentlemen).

-Drago

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New Music from Hand Painted Swinger

Twangy/alt-country type guitars set against a swing/shuffle riddims equals Hand Painted Swinger’s new single, “Medicine Cabinet.” It’s cow-punk gone wild!

Click the play button below to check it out here, catch it as part of the global broadcast or, better yet, pick it up on iTunes!

listen now: Medicine Cabinet

get it now on: [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/medicine-cabinet/id441970008?uo=4″ title=”HPS on iTunes!”]

 

– Drago

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Flashback: Bad Brains

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This is one of my all time favourite bands…and one of my all time favourite songs!  I distinctly remember waiting up all night to catch this video the first time it aired on MTV’s 120 Minutes.  It was so worth it.

I was fortunate to catch HR sit in with Fishbone a few months back when they visited 930 Club in Washington, DC.  They did a version pf “Banned in DC” that was truly epic.  So glad I was there to see it live.  There are very few bands, if any, around today that could pull of what Bad Brains did back in the day.  They’re a bit older, a bit wiser…but still rockin out loud!

– Drago

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This Just In: Treading Lemmings Return to the Studio

DC’s Treading Lemmings are off to a fine start here in 2011. Winners of (2) Froglix Music Awards and nominated for (4) Washington Area Music Awards, Quinn and the crew are riding the wave of good fortune right back into the studio to begin work on their next project.  It’s a rather fluid situation at the moment but near as we can tell work has already begun on an EP entitled Flotsam that Lemmings expect to be the precursor to their next full album release.  No drop date yet but when we know, you’ll know.  Perhaps the Lemmings will favour us yet again with a sneak peak at new track…or two!

– Drago

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Froglix Flashback: Jawbox

The year was 1993 and Jawbox had pulled off what many thought to be the unthinkable.   They left the legendary label of DC hardcore, Dischord Records, for the greener pastures of a major label (Atlantic to be exact) and not too long after we find bassist Kim Collete, front man/guitarist Jay Robbins, guitarist Bill Barbot and drummer Zach Barocas debuting on MTV in 1994.  The song?  “Savory” from the album entitled [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/savory/id207081205?uo=4″ title=”Jawbox on iTunes” text=”[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/savory/id207081205?uo=4″ title=”For Your Own Special Sweetheart” text=”For Your Own Special Sweetheart”].

Probably one of the more under appreciated bands of the era, their 2nd album did well on college stations but failed to produce a mainstream single so they were dropped.  Damn it.  So, where are they now?  Eventually the band broke up and its members went on to pursue other projects and passions.  Collete and Barbot started Desoto Records, which is still in existence today.  Barocas went on to either start or join other bands as did Robbins, who can also add successful Producer to his list of accomplishments.

I liked this band…still do.  Am I biased because Jawbox got started in the DC area where I happen to be from?  Yup.  What of it?

– Drago

 

 

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The Lemmings Speaketh

In a recent interview with Master Seven Records’ Tom Beninate, Quinn and Andj from The Treading Lemmings discuss everything from their latest album Cliff Notes to the impact of the internet and social media has had on promoting their music.  It’s entertaining, insightful and a good read.
Click here for the full interview.

– Drago

P.S.  The Lemmings are live at The Axum Lounge in Washington, DC tomorrow night!


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New Release :: Cliff Notes by Treading Lemmings

artist: Treading Lemmings | genre: alternative, rock, brit-pop | label: unsigned | album: Cliff Notes [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-at-sea/id395957999?uo=4″ title=”Get it at iTunes!”]

Here’s what I know…Quinn (vox), Joe Szadkowski (drums), Marc Roulier (bass), Andrew “Andj” Stainer (guitar) and Ricky Hunt (guitar), collectively known as Treading Lemmings, are passionate about their music.  They believe in it and, after listening to their most recent full-length studio offering entitled Cliff Notes…so do I.  Nearly a year and half ago, the Lemmings set out to write, record and produce a solid pop/alt-rock album.  They have succeeded.  But…let’s back up just a tad shall we?
The Froglix Faithful were first introduced to the Lemmings shortly after our initial launch back in the summer of 2009.  It was then, on one fateful Friday evening in July, I made the trek “into town” to check them out live.  About halfway through the show, Quinn hands me two (2) things.  A Treading Lemmings t-shirt (still got it…still where it) AND a 4-song EP.  I stayed for another set before jumping back in the car for the long journey back to my humble abode (aka Froglix World Headquarters) in Wild Wonderful West Virginia.  The first thing I did, after strapping on the seatbelt of course, was pop the disc into the player and commenced with the listening.  I was impressed.  My initial review touted their music as having a “sound that is creative, energetic and, best of all, pleasantly dissimilar to the mindless droves trying to become the next big emo-punk band” and I still believe that…even more so now having heard their latest album in it’s entirety.
Having followed this band for sometime, I’m impressed with how their sound has matured over the years and can very confidently say that Cliff Notes is their best work yet.  Quinn’s solid vocal performance surrounds creative lyrics immersed in melodic guitars and  strong bass lines anchored by a definitive alt-rock cadence.  As for my favourite tracks, aside from those currently in rotation, the lively pace of “A Roar From Boring Alice” really jumps out to me right away as does the moodiness/melancholy of Trial of the Century” and “How Green Was My Envy?” Regarding the latter, any song with a well placed eBow guitar sound is hard not too like!
Wanna rock Lemmings style?  Get the Cliff Notes and study up!

– Drago



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Ecentric, Electric…Tieweb

Tieweb_playinggenre: alternative | rock
label: unsigned

listen now…
Baby Don’t Cry
Fade
Up and Down

One of the many cool things about the indie music “world” is that it provides a safe haven where artists from different musical backgrounds can find commonality.  It is a place that lies beyond the reach of the long arm of corporate radio.  A place where lads and lasses can truly express themselves and create some incredible music.  Where else but the indie world would a band consisting of a drummer with jam band roots, a guitarist with an affinity for British rock and jazz, a bass player that likes to get his groove on, and a vocalist with more influences than Tiger has mistresses be able to pool their collective talents?  While the aforementioned may sound like the cast from the Land of Misfit Toys, they most certainly are not.  The band of which I opine is Arlington, VA’s Tieweb and their latest studio offering, Indier Than Thou, is a true indie gem.  Justin Fazzari (vox/guitar), Eric Bayles (lead guitar), Steve Quesenberry (drums), and Chris Aylward (bass) successfully channel their collective talents enroute to crafting a unique indie rock experience that hearkens back to the glory days of REM, Grapes of Wrath, and the like, coupled with an air of contemporary relevance.  Dig it.

-Drago

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Insisto Lemmini

the_treading_lemmings_blogHistorically, Lemmings have been portrayed in literature and legend as cute, cuddly rodents who like to gather in large groups at the edge of a mighty precipice, only to hurl themselves to their watery deaths. Not an overly flattering picture, I’m afraid, but an excellent metaphor for bands duped by the “majors” into patterning themselves after the “latest and greatest” group being touted by corporate radio (aka the devil). Thankfully, such is not the case with The Treading Lemmings an alt-rock/brit-pop band that hails from Washington, DC. These Lemmings are making their own way in the music world and are doing so with a sound that is creative, energetic and, best of all, pleasantly dissimilar to the mindless droves trying to become the next big emo-punk band.

Drummer Joe Szad and bassist Mr. Mark anchor the band’s compositions with a rhythm section that is strong like bull while Andrew Stainer and Andy Hunt add a world of light and colour to the mix with their exceptional guitar work. Lead singer Chris Quinn’s lyrics are insightful and his voice is as strong and commanding as his stage presence. Together they create a unified sound that resonates with remarkable originality. Froglix is thrilled to get a sneak peak at (3) tracks off their upcoming full-length release Cliff Notes and even more amped to be able to include them as part of our global broadcast. Not only is it ok to follow these Lemmings, it’s highly recommended!

-Drago