Major Moment drop single ‘Before It’s Too Late’

By Maddie Birkett

This up and coming Boston band is here to give us the reminder that we all need. We should break out of our routines, question what we’re doing with our lives and take control.

Bringing together different cultures and experiences, Major Moment are here to inspire us and encourage us to follow our dreams.

With the familiar sounds of Linkin Park, fans of the iconic band, as well as Thirty Seconds to Mars and Muse are likely to find a similar love for this band, Major Moment.

The band is scheduled to release their EP ‘One Small stEP’ on September 7th which is dedicated to Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. #makechesterproud

Follow Major Moment on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and their website to keep track of the launch of their EP!

Let us know what you think of the single!

INTERVIEW: Forts Like Vana

By Maddie Birkett

Forts Like Vana will be your new music obsession! Only being together since January, the band has already established a professional sound, released an EP and are due to drop a music video within the month. They seemed to skip that awkward ‘practicing in mum’s basement and recording demos on a phone step’ and went straight to professional rockers, listen to their debut single ‘Love You Right’ and you’ll agree.

Keep your eye on this band, they’re going to be huge!


Where did the band name come from?

The story behind the name is a secret that we all swore an oath to never tell anyone about. So if one of us tells you then that person is banned for life…. super intense.

How did you all meet?

Diego: I was walking around downtown one morning and bumped into Logan and Derek on the side of the street and they were just looking really fresh. So I said, “Hey you dudes look fresh.” and then we got to talking and found out we all played music and then just decided to jam and see what happens, threw my bro Nitio in to play too and then FLV just happened.

Logan: Yeah it was pretty natural and crazy how things just worked out. Derek and I have known each other since we were kids, same with Nitio and Diego. We never heard each other play before and things came together so magically we knew this was something special.

Who are your musical influences?

O man this is a tough one. We have so many different influences it hard to pick! We love R&B, Pop, Metal, Rock, Jazz, Latin, Punk, and Hip Hop so you can catch us listening to anything along those lines.

The band has only been together since January, yet you already have such a professional sound like you’ve been doing this for years! Have you had any experience in the music industry beforehand?

Aww thanks that means a ton to hear! We’ve all been apart of different bands growing up but none of us every got too far into the industry. So this is definitely a new adventure for us.

Your first single ‘Love You Right’ brought in a lot of listeners with over 8,000 streams within the first month! Why do you think it received so much success so quickly? It’s definitely catchy!



We’re glad you like it! Writing ‘Love You Right’ was so much fun and the second we finished the song we were already so excited to release it to the world. Honestly we have no clue how the song got so many streams so quickly. We’re just happy people love it as much as we do.

You’ve classified your genre as alternative/pop but I can definitely hear some country in there! Has your location influenced your style of music at all?

Woa really? We have never heard that before lol. None of us like country at all so it’s kinda funny that we live in Music City and dislike the most popular genre here. You’ll definitely never find us jamming out to a country song.

You dropped your debut EP ‘This + This = That’ in February, what inspired the songs on the EP?

Logan: a lot of these songs were inspired from past events that we’ve been through. The cool things with these songs is that each one means something different to us and speaks to us differently. So it’s really cool to receive messages from fans telling us what these songs mean to them.

Are you planning any music videos for ‘Love You Right’, if so, what can you tell us?

Actually we just got done filming the video today! We’re really excited to release it in May. All we can say is expect to see us in our natural habitat doing the only thing we know how to do right.

You recently announced a show at The End in Nashville, what can fans expect from the show?

Derek: We love to give 200% at every show and keep that energy spreading throughout the venue. We’ve had a few venues turn us down for being to crazy on stage. I guess some people can’t handle us haha.  Expect a lot of hype, a lot of sweat, a lot of jumping off things, and a crap ton of partying.

Are you planning any new music at the moment? Or a tour?

Playing music that makes people feel good and lifting others up is the best part about being in this band. As long as we’re happy and our fans our happy then we don’t care about anything else.

Once we get the video out we’re planning some more shows and a small tour for the summer. We really just want to get our music out there for everyone to hear so if you’re reading this feel free to help spread the word!

Let us know if you’re excited for the ‘Love You Right’ video!

You can find Forts Like Vana on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify!

INTERVIEW: Blackcat Manor

By Maddie Birkett

“Blackcat Manor is a hardcore punk band from Freeport, Illinois. Formed in 2013, Blackcat Manor’s music is a powder keg of raw emotion. Socially conscious lyrics set to blistering riffs and melodic breaks showcase the wide range of influences that pour out of these passionate musicians. They released their debut self-titled EP in 2014, followed by Relentless  in 2016. Their high energy live performances draw crowds all over the Midwest.”

Blackcat Manor is: Mike Hartwig (guitar), Jake Kayes (guitar), Lucas Keister (bass), Justin Luecke (drums), and Kris Valkema (vocals)

 

 

You’ve all had experience in the music industry before forming Blackcat Manor, how did this help when creating the band?

While growing up together as musicians in different bands, we always followed and supported  each others projects. Until one day the three of us(Jake, Mike & Kris) found the other two( Luke & Justin) were available and we all kind of seized the opportunity to collaborate. We found out early on that there is this unexplained energy that drives the five of us.

Where did the name Blackcat Manor come from?

The name came from our drummer Justin. Blackcat Manor is a metaphor for a place in all of us where there are no outsiders and everyone is allowed to be free, as opposed to an actual physical place.

Who are your musical influences?

Our influences include , but are not limited to 80’s thrash, Hardcore, and our love of 90’s Skate Punk bands like No Use For A Name and StrungOut to name a few.

Being located in North West Illinois, is it difficult to promote the band compared to being in a big city and doing shows in bigger locations?

As far as promoting from a small town goes, we rely mostly on the internet and word of mouth. We try and schedule as many shows out of town as possible because you can only go so far in a small town. WE do however have massive support from our hometown and will always perform in Freeport, IL.

I love that there’s such power in the music you play because you want the message you’re conveying to be equally powerful. What was the overall message in ‘Hellfire’?

HellFire deals with a lot of self esteem and confidence issues set inside an existential battle of Good vs. Evil in today’s modern society.

 

 

‘Hellfire’ was featured on the newest season of American Horror Story, what an achievement! How did this opportunity come about?

AHS was a total surprise to us. Our Drummer Justin, contacted an old friend.  He and his wife work on audio for movies and tv shows. His wife was looking for a song during the grocery store scene in season 7 episode 1. He suggested his wife take a listen. She enjoyed  it, and cut it to a sample clip to show her boss and possibly the creator. The rest is history.

How does it feel knowing that millions of people have heard your song?
 
The AHS Hellfire premiere was one of those surreal moments that you’ll never forget. The fact that millions of people heard something created by Blackcat Manor was a tremendous win for our band. So many people have reached out since the premiere. We make new friends every day, it’s great.

I Love the ‘Hellfire’ music video and how it looks like I’m watching a VHS. Where’d you get this idea from? And can we expect to see any more music videos soon?

The idea came from our Producer Adam Burd. Adam recorded and produced our last record Relentless. Adam wanted to go for a VHS feel, like an old cable access tv show from the 1970’s. Blackcat’s guitarist Jake wrote, directed, and starred in the finished video. This was our real first attempt at doing anything like this, but at a cost of $37 dollars we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

Relentless was released at the end of 2016, do you have any new music in the works? Any details you can share?

We are getting ready to start production on our third release in August 2018. We are recording at the legendary Electric Audio studios in Chicago, IL.

We are keeping the same production crew (Adam Burd, Dan Barr) from our last record Relentless. The release date is set for very early 2019.

You’ve got a few shows coming up, what can fans expect when they go to a show?

New fans and old fans can expect a serious connection between the stage and the audience. As a band we like to focus on making our audience part of the show. Their excitement is our excitement. Nothing better than to have that human connection and experience of emotions flow through an entire room.

You can watch the ‘Hellfire’ music video here and follow the band on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. Or visit their website www.blackcatmanorband.com. You can also find the band’s music on bandcamp! 

Let us know if you’re excited for new music in 2019!

State Champs Announce New Album and Release Single

By Katelyn Saia

 

They’ve been around the world and back, and now the moment is finally here. State Champs have announced their new album “Living Proof” and have released an accompanying single “Dead And Gone.” The new album is set to be released on June 15th.

For those who don’t know, State Champs are a pop punk band based out of Albany, New York, that started out in 2011.

Things have been pretty quiet from State Champs for a while now, ever since they released the deluxe version of “Around The World And Back” in 2017.  Fans have been anxiously awaiting for new music, but the anticipation was worth the wait. State Champs are back and stronger than ever before.

Preorder the new album here.

Let us know what you think of their single and if you’re excited for the new album!

BEBE REXHA ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM ‘EXPECTATIONS’

By Maddie Birkett

bebe rexha expectations album

Bebe Rexha is a rising star with untapped potential. Beginning behind the scenes and working her way up to the top. Rexha was the vocalist for Fall Out Boy Pete Wentz’s project ‘Black Cards’ and soon shot to fame when she went solo, releasing three EPs and collaborating with a number of artists, most recently with Florida Georgia Line on ‘Meant To Be’.

Now she’s releasing her debut album ‘Expectations’, expected to drop on June 22nd. You can preorder/pre-save it here.

While June is a long wait, you can get a taste of the album by listening to two tracks ‘Ferrari’ and ‘2 Souls on Fire’ featuring Quavo.

We’ve also been blessed with an acoustic version of Meant To Be which you can watch here!

Let us know what you think of ‘Ferrari and ‘2 Souls on Fire’.