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Philly's Got Chandeliers…who knew?!?!

artitst: Summer Fiction | genre: indie, folk, rock | label: unsigned

[itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/chandeliers/id405502447?uo=4″ title=”Summer Fiction”]

At first listen it was almost as if these cats were channeling The Jam…but ’tis not so.  I checked…no channeling.  Good song though.  “Chandeliers” from Summer Fiction‘s self-titled, debut release is a folky/indie-pop ditty that waxes a bit retro…but in a good way for sure.  We totally dig the old school vibe laid down by the  b/w presentation as it most certainly adds to the mystique of the video.

We did take a listen to some of their other songs via their Myspace page (click here) and there definitely some other notable tracks.  Be sure to look for a full-fledged review in the not so distant future but, in the meantime, enjoy the vid and be sure check ’em out online at MySpace and iTunes.

Peace –

– Drago

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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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Grunge…Italian Style

artist: Thisorder :: genre: alternative | rock | grunge :: label: unsigned

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Late Empire :: Unus

Your friends here at Froglix are pretty impressed with the alternative music coming out of the “the Boot” and that’s saying something because we don’t impress easy.  Italy’s Thisorder delivers a healthy dose of melodic mayhem that packs a respectable punch without going overboard.   This, my friends, is a good thing because while I dig music with an edge I’d prefer that it not be accompanied by the guttural utterance of strung out anger mavens…please and thank you.  Fortunately, that is NOT what you get with Thisorder.  Emanuel Rontino’s vox is a versatile one in that it can pull off both the “alt” (as demonstrated on the track ‘Unus’) as well the “rock” (check out ‘Late Empire’).  The guitar work of Marco Albanelli adds just the right spice to the mix as he, bassist Domenico Muscariello and drummer Tommasao Manna drape their compositions with a soundscape that pairs the aggressive nature of grunge with the melodious agility of alt-rock.   Inner Island, released earlier this year, was mastered in New York City at Sterling sound by Justin Shurtz who has worked with a number of very successful artists such as the now defunct Fall Out Boy as well as My Chemical Romance, Seether and Slipknot.  We digs it.

– Drago

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The Hoose Is Loose

genre: punk | rock | power-pop
label: unsigned

Somewhere between the incredibly brilliant and the criminally insane lies our newest addition to the broadcast…otherwise know as Sickhoose.  Their latest release, a 3 song ditty entitled Nozdrilz, comes pre-installed with a respectable dose of angst-laden guitars and syncopated rhythms (Stuart Copeland would be so proud) which, in turn, provide a compelling backdrop for a vocal element that effortlessly intermixes melody and harmony.
For those who like a little more “umph” in their indie, look no further as the Sickhoose pendulum clearly swings to edgier side of the alternative music spectrum.  Britain’s Ad Lee and Davy Pecket beautifully slam 10 lbs of punk-infused power pop into a 5 lb sack.  That being said, rest assured theirs is not an experiment in discordant feedback or disconnected power chords played as part of some cathartic release suggested by their therapist.  Quite the contrary.  Actually, for a genre that has many imitators and impersonators, it’s quite invigorating to hear something creative and unique.  Now if I could only figure out what the names of their songs mean!  Regardless, well done mates, well done.

– Drago

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SRJ
TIA

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Rude City Riot Featured in New Compilation Disc

The Pier Exposed Sampler 2010Our ska friends from the True North Strong and Free, Rude City Riot have been honoured by having a track from their debut CD included as part of a new compilation disc.  The Pier Compilation – Exposed 2010 features some of the best reggae, rock, ska, and acoustic performances from out West.  You will find “25 Years” is track number 7 on disc 2.  While this compilation does boast some excellent music from a number of talented artists, it’s our humble, but accurate, opinion that Rude City Riot steals the show.  Please forgive us if we seem a bit biased.  It’s only because we are…congrats Gents!
Click here to download the (30) song sampler for free!
 

– Drago

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Adrenalin Overdrive :: Canada's 22nd Century

22nd Centurygenre: punk | grunge | rock
label: unsigned

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Apartment 509
Stevie Guide
Let Me Be

In the mood for some high-octane rock with plenty of attitude?  Look no further than the (3) crazy Canucks from Vancouver better known as 22nd Century Tim22nd Century_blog Plommer (guitar/vocals), Duane Chaos (bass/vocals), and Zippy Pinhead (drums/percussion) deliver a full-fledged musical smackdown with their self-titled release.   Gut busting guitar, thundering bass, and powerful percussion set the stage for Plommer’s angst-laden vocals that are one part pissed off punk and one part grunge master general.  Throw it all together and what you get is pure energy on acid.  These cats rock out loud.

-Drago