Seattle Washington band Candlebox have helped shaped the direction of contemporary music, from their earliest days when they were a part of a group of courageous PNW artists, who identified the relationship between classic rock, metal, punk, blues, and experimental music. Just like their grunge and alt-rock peers, they were rewarded with massive worldwide success: hit singles and albums (including their quadruple-platinum self-titled debut), global tours, and a permanent place in the hearts of millions. That’s a vital part of the Candlebox story, and always will be.
Almost exactly a year ago we featured Jedward’s John Grimes’ cover of the Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber single, ‘Monster’. Now we bring you another take on the song, by The Veer Union. Unlike John’s rendition, which saw him sing accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, and indeed, the original song, which was a dance pop number – in the hands of The Veer Union, and featuring Late Night Savior & Stealing Eden, the song is shaken from its pop foundations and given a more punk, almost heavy metal treatment.
Parcels have been busy making an intriguing serial drama with the videos for songs from their acclaimed second album, ‘Day/Night’, and fans just can’t get enough. ‘Famous’ is the latest instalment in the series, and just like the others, will leave fans puzzled, maybe disoriented, but definitely ready for the next.
We take a trip through the Milky Way in Bruce Sudano’s latest single release, ‘Cosmic Ride’. The song is all about having an open heart and mind to find meaning within, while we traverse the adventure that is life. With easy-going guitar, and groovy drums, we are swept away into a meditative daydream, that sees us float through feelings of peace, and playfulness. Of course, like Bruce’s other recent releases over the past few years, the new single comes with an animated lyric video.
Harper Starling belts out sugary sweet vocals in ‘Snow Cone Christmas’. With lyrics written by Harper and her friend and frequent collaborator, Cindy Valentine the song was produced by Cindy Valentine and Gemini Muziq. Harper’s excitement for the holidays are palpable, and the lyrics that tell that her countdown starts as soon as the leaves begin to fall.
Fibre artist and filmmaker Andrea Love is an animator who creates entire worlds out of wool. Her plush worlds are populated by whimsical characters who are impossibly beautiful, while maintaining a delightful, squeezable softness. The Port Townsend, Washington artist puts her magic into every thread and bead, and this is no less so the case with the music video she’s created for Ingrid Michaelson and Zooey Deschanel’s new festive single, ‘Merry Christmas, Happy New Year’.
While clubs are always a great place for artists to introduce their new music, the same can be said for the roller rink; if people with wheels on their feet are moving along to your song, then you know you’re onto a good thing, Florida singer songwriter Cat Ridgeway takes her new single, ‘Sweet Like Candy’, to a skatepark, and is surrounded by roller skaters in the video for the song. With her trademark wide and genuine smile, she alone stands still with her guitar, as she strums, and sings.
Sp8ce Owl makes music where the very notes seem to dance. Everything seems to be in motion, with delicate but insistent beats, the bass throbs, the sweeping pads, the acrobatic melodies. His latest single, ‘Dancing In An Empty Room’, from his upcoming album ‘A Room Without Walls’, is one such track, and it’s a master class in the art of generating the illusion of motion, even when the musician making the sound is sitting perfectly still at his synthesizer.