Sun & Flesh know that hard rock is all about making sharp snaps between clean and dirty sounds; the juxtaposition of heavy and light, comfort and terror that makes the best rock songs, well, rock. The band’s very name does it too – the comfort giving sun in congruence with the ominous sounding flesh.
If you’ve heard the name Sami Chohfi, it’s probably been in association with his band, Blue Helix, known in the Pacific Northwest for their melodic hard rock songs, such as ‘Anti-Social Butterfly’. But ‘It’s Just Me’, the debut solo single from Chohfi, is anything but hard rock – it’s just Sami, his acoustic guitar, and quiet, reflective vocals.
Shimon Moore, aka SHIM, was the longtime frontman and co-founder of Australia’s Sick Puppies, and as such was the face of a group which refused to be put in a box: their music was an amalgamation of alt-rock, punk, emo, molten metal, throwback grunge, all delivered with a soaring balladry. Now SHIM is going it alone, and his output is no less fiery, and no less stylistically diverse. ‘Crucified’ shows his fans that although he’s left Sick Puppies, he’s still the same SHIM he always was.
Colossal Boss is ‘Thinkin’ And Drinkin” in their new single, with soaring guitar riffs, tight instrumentals, and raw organic vocals. The band has spanned over a decade, and takes among their influences the likes of Aerosmith, Black Crowes, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and U2, melting them all into a great big blend of hard rock, classic rock, soul, and a tiny touch of country.
Matt Massey, based in Fort Worth, Texas, has been playing in bands since his mid teens. Now the hard rocking indie powerhouse has gone it alone, this year releasing his debut album, ‘Dear Today’. His latest track, ‘Built’ shines as an example to all musicians that it’s possible to do it all yourself – Massey performs vocals, guitars, bass, and drums, and the entire track, just like the rest of the album, was recorded and produced by Massey, using a Pro Tools rig at home.