The latest tune from Endless Midnight is a slow song, a song about going through Changes. It's relatable because every day we're all learning, and adapting to a world where the pandemic is a new normal.
I found out about Dirty Honey from ROCK MY SOUL. The first song I remember hearing was “When I’m Gone” and I loved it. My first favorite Dirty Honey tune was “Heartbreaker”. When I heard their debut album, it amazed me because these guys consistently deliver fantastic tunes.
I first found out about Liberty Deep Down from my friend Becca, who founded Banded PR. I was told via DM that a band called Liberty Deep Down was going to contact me. When I checked my email, I received an email from them telling me that they had released a new single that they thought would fit on one of my playlists.
I discovered Circus Of Power from my dad’s CD collection, and I knew them only as a name for a long time.
After my dad gave me a bunch of his cassette singles, and my mom bought me a new cassette player as a college graduation gift, I took out a few cassette singles and “Heaven & Hell” by Circus Of Power was one of them.
After I listened to it, my only thought was that I had to hear the entire album. My dad has Magic & Madness on CD, and I burned it so I could listen to it in full.
Something I remember about listening to it the first time was that I really enjoyed each song, and I had a similar experience with “Open To The Public” by Spread Eagle, which I discovered the same day as “Heaven & Hell”, from another cassette single. I think that these albums are meant to be listened to as albums, but the songs are enjoyable on their own. It’s one of many albums from that time period that had great songs, but was also a great album. It wasn’t just one or two good songs and the rest of the album was mediocre. Every tune was worth listening to.
I’ve been listening to Circus Of Power a lot lately, the older songs, the newer songs...and everything this band has done is interesting. They are unique because of the stories they tell in their lyrics and the music that accompanies it.
The newest LDD tune begins with a thumping intro, and as the lyrics tell a story, real instruments take the song to the next level, it goes down a level and then back up again. What’s happening in the music reminds me of highs and lows, like moving forward and then being stuck.
Self Destruct was the first song Lost Arts wrote when the lockdowns were first eased in the summer of 2020. Although Lost Arts lyrical content usually deals with the inner conflicts & confusion that comes with fading out of your youth into adulthood. But the continuous division and hatred that seems to infect our timelines on a daily basis became impossible to ignore. Self Destruct was not written with any notion that it would solve the worlds problems but more with the intent of pointing out what should be more obvious, people are more interested in ridiculing people for having different outlooks on life than they are in having conversations that may result in solutions.
I found out about Spread Eagle from a Concrete Corner tape when I was working on my Concrete Music Bloc project for Generation Clash!
Even though I knew of them by name, I didn’t really discover them until I listened to a cassette sampler for their album, “Open To The Public”. After I heard that sampler, I wanted to hear more music by Spread Eagle.
What amazed me about “Open To The Public” is that every song impressed me. I got into each song, and those great songs make a great album. Preacher Man, Revolution Maker, This Is My World…a few of the many fantastic Spread Eagle tunes on “Open To The Public”.
In the summer, I started listening to “Subway to the Stars”, and liking it, but I listened to the first album and then I appreciated all the albums more because each album was unique. I think a lot of people’s expectations aren’t met because they expect an album to be like another album.
This is the wrong way to look at any artist, because if you want to listen to an album that sounds like that, then listen to that album. Music doesn’t stay interesting if every artist sounds the same.
After I realized this, I listened to Spread Eagle’s debut, which I felt the same way about...and I felt differently. I didn’t compare it to the other albums and that was why I enjoyed it, because it wasn’t like the other albums.
Like many rock acts of this time, Spread Eagle was one of the many artists affected by the music industry's choice to stop funding hard rock and start funding grunge instead. Every artist deserves to be promoted, especially when the music and lyrics are truly impressive.