Interviews and Reviews
The Velvet Hands is an indie rock four piece from Cornwall, England known for heavy riffs and energetic live shows. Logan had the chance to talk with guitarist Dan Able about the band’s most recent success and what’s in store for the future.
Though the opening track may seem like it’s setting a dark tone for the rest of the album, it’s really just opening a discussion and an exploration of helplessness and hopelessness, elaborating on how to work through them and go on with life. In fact, the album as a whole feels like looking into a broken mirror and still being able to see the best pieces of yourself; it’s trying to stare through the overall brokenness of the world and find the spots of light and joy that are still out there.
Hockey Dad—a pair from South New Wales, Australia—is a surf rock band full of talent and energy. The pair consists of vocalist and guitarist Zach Stephenson and drummer Billy Fleming, and they’re just wrapping up their American tour with Hunny and Pllush. Livie had the lovely opportunity of speaking with Zach before their show in Chicago, IL at the Subterranean.
The fateful day has come for Vampire Weekend fans everywhere. After nearly six years of inactivity, on January 24th, 2019 the group (comprised of frontman Ezra Koenig, bassist Chris Baio, and drummer Chris Tomson) released the first in a series of monthly singles leading up to the April 2019 release of their 4th album, Father of the Bride.
I was late boarding the Maggie Rogers hype train. She was an artist that slipped through the cracks. I wasn’t actively avoiding her music, I’d seen people rave about her first EP, but I’d never sat down and listened. After hearing Heard It In A Past Life, it’s safe to say that I’ve become a fan.
Almost three years after Catfish and the Bottlemen’s sophomore album—The Ride—dropped, they finally announced a new release. Initially, I was ecstatic! I’ve been a big fan of Catfish and the Bottlemen since The Balcony, so the prospect of new music after so long was a surprising, exciting, and equally terrifying. Many fans were excited, but what if we were let down again?
Known for their upbeat rock anthems like “Somebody Told Me” and “When You Were Young”, The Killers shifted gears into a soulful, piano ballad for “Land of the Free”. And while you might not be hearing it at every party you go to for the next 15 years (we’re looking at you, “Mr. Brightside”), the message is deep and undoubtedly one that will stick with you.
Luckily for the teenagers of the contemporary era, artists are finally shaking off the John Hughes effect, writing songs or books or movies that reflect the modern minutia of teen life, one such work being Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade(2018).
In COIN’s atmospheric new single “I Want It All” Chase Lawrence, Joe Memmel, and Ryan Winnen trade in COIN’s signature electric guitar dominated style for a strong synth presence and keyboard melodies, with help from veteran hit makers Mark Foster and Isom Innis of Foster The People.
Brian Revels puts on the kind of show you wish all shows could be. It was fun and engaging, but the songs also touched on some heavier subjects, evoking a wide range of feelings. At no point during the show did anyone find themselves worried about getting home to the kids or what was on the to-do list for next week, because the music held you there with it in the present moment.