By: Nick Manduley
Scottsdale, Arizona-based emo pop-punkers First and Forever have been making waves in their local scene and on social media. From having their music featured in various videos from major Youtubers, to having one of their singles break one hundred thousand streams on Spotify, First and Forever has quickly proven that they mean business when it comes their music.
The band has put out three separate singles since late 2018, each one showcasing their excellent songwriting ability and musical dynamic. “Chicago” is an emotional powerhouse about the fallout from a tough breakup. The upbeat, distorted guitars and hook-laden vocals give way to a clean guitar acting as the backdrop for a gut-wrenching, emotional vocal performance that takes the listener right back into that powerful chorus.
On “A Violet Ending” the band’s dynamic sound is a bit more prominent; the gentle, ethereal clean-toned guitars seamlessly weave in and out of the more punk sections. The vocal layering and group vocals immediately label this song as something that listeners everywhere will be shouting every word to when they see First and Forever in concert for the first time. “Nothing Left to Burn” features a hard-hitting a chorus catchy enough to get anyone hooked from the first listen. The energetic vocal performance and crowd-commanding drumming on this track immediately conjure up mental images of circle pits, crowd surfers, and fans shouting lyrics back to the band on stage; pretty much everything that makes a pop punk show fun and memorable. These songs have proven that First and Forever is a band to keep an eye on in the near future.
We’re back with another installment of our Monthly Music Mashup, exclusively on Substream Magazine. Each month, we feature the best of the best new artists on the music circuit. This time around, we highlighted talent from Nashville, Chicago, Upstate New York, and elsewhere. You can find the playlist and Substream article here, and stream the playlist on Spotify! Don’t forget to save your favorite tracks to your music library.
Spring is here, which means out with the old and in with the new! We’ve got just the thing. Spruce up your music library with our Monthly Music Mashup with Substream! This month features high-energy tracks that are perfect for getting you through your spring cleaning. Read the article and listen to the playlist here.
Scrub and Ace Ha have debuted the first video of the “Plastic Rock” Youtube series on Kill the Music. The compilation of videos chronicle a new take on classic rock songs we know and love. The first video gives a spin on Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4”. Watch the video here.
“Plastic Rock” comes from a place of indecisiveness and doubt, “[…] Our first installment touches on a lot ideas and is probably the most provocative of the series. I see a lot of people in a rut doing things they think they are supposed to, rather than what they want to be doing. When I ask ‘Are you really here to try and dance with the Devil?’ I’m thinking of all those caught in the rat race and blind to the consequences of all work and no play. As an artist, this concept is very familiar. I’ve had to make endless sacrifices and endure criticism and judgment from every direction about what I should be doing with my life. This has always done nothing but fuel my fire”
Each installment of the “Plastic Rock” Series will be two minutes or less of intriguing lyrics and beats creating a unique new hybrid of musical content. The first installment being released today and those following will be released every other week thereafter.