By: Nick Manduley
East coast progressive post-hardcore bands With Sails Ahead and Pulses announced eight-day tour of the American southeast that will be taking place in late September. Dubbed the “woodland creatures” tour, the run will kick off September 21st in Richmond, Virginia and go to South Carolina, Florida, and North Carolina before concluding in Falls Church, Virginia on the 28th. Fans following the bands on Facebook can keep up to date and get a good laugh by joining the “Creatureposting” group; a Facebook group created by both bands to share information regarding the tour dates, as well as (and primarily) high quality meme content.
With Sails Ahead released their latest EP Morning Sun on March 9th, 2018. The critically acclaimed record was produced and recorded by Kevin Antreassian (The Dillinger Escape Plan) at Backroom Studios, and mixed and mastered by Derek Moffat (Dreamhouse) at 608 Studios. Creating their own unique blend of prog-influenced alternative rock, the group has found themselves sharing the stage with critically acclaimed acts such as Tilian Pearson of Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa, Hail the Sun, Royal Coda, and more. The band recently released a music video for their single “Pixelated” which brilliantly parodies the worst clichés of being a band in the DIY music scene. Fans can expect new music from With Sails Ahead sometime this winter.
Pulses (stylized as “pulses.”) are a band that takes influence from as many genres as possible and incorporates them into their post-hardcore style, creating a unique sound that can only described as superb. The band released their first full length record bouquet. in 2017 and went on to share the stage with acts such as Eidola, Strawberry Girls, The Ongoing Concept and Kurt Travis of Royal Coda. The band made waves online via several music videos, most notably for their songs ‘What’s Good (What’s Really Good)’ and ‘I Drink Juice (Aqua Berry Cherry)’. The band is looking forward to expanding on their sound on their upcoming sophomore full length record, due out in the fall of 2019.
‘Woodland Creature’ tour dates:
9/21 – Yellowhouse – Richmond, VA
9/22 – New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
9/23 – Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
9/24 – Shantytown Pub – Jacksonville, FL
9/26 – Kaboom Underground – Raleigh, NC
9/27 – Ice House – Greensboro, NC
9/28 – VFW 9274 – Falls Church, VA
Hi! The Ones You Forgot here, stopping by to give a little piece of #WednesdayWisdom to all those looking to get started in the music world.
Though we’ve been a band for over 5 years now, we find ourselves learning new things every day. When you build it from the ground up (especially when half of the members have never been in a band before), there can be a fair share of bumps in the road. Some lessons are incredibly important to learn on your own, but we would love to share a few tips that might help make your musical journey a little easier.
Focus on your art first.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the overwhelming amount of other aspects in a music career. From booking, networking and performing, to marketing, branding, and merchandising, there is a whole plethora of things that find their way onto an artist’s to-do list. Without a doubt, these are all very important parts, but it is so important to routinely step back and make sure that the first thing you do is write songs you LOVE! Your art is the center of your career in music, because, well, IT IS THE MUSIC! When you genuinely enjoy what you’re making, all of the components of the business side will come easier. You’ll also be proud of yourself when your art finally makes it out into the world, which is an awesome feeling.
2. Stay organized.
This is crucial for every aspect of the band. When you stay organized, you will pat yourself on the back in the long run. Whether you are in a group or a solo act, you are going to collaborate with others in some way, shape or form. Organization makes the collaboration run a lot smoother, and that can only enhance the creative experience! We recommend making checklists, drawing up timelines for important dates and plans, keeping the van tidy on tour, always keeping tight communication, etc. They may seem like tiny and obvious tasks, but they will make everyone’s day that much easier, especially when you have a lot going on.
3. Be professional and respectful.
Your parents probably taught you this one, but hey, that’s because it’s important!
Professionalism and respect speak for themselves, and should be given for all parts of your life, not just your music career.
4. Have fun.
It may be the cliche thing to say, but it’s true! Making art and sharing it with the world should be a happy experience for you. Yes, the music industry can be stressful, but for us, we know that none of that matters the moment we hit the stage. It’s all about enjoying ourselves and making sure that the crowd does too. If you feel like you’ve lost that feeling, it’s okay! Take a break, relax, and revisit it when you’re ready. Nothing is worth purposely putting yourself in a bad place mentally.
That’s all for our little rendition of #WisdomWednesday! Huge thanks to the Muddy Paw team for asking us to share some advice.
By: Nick Manduley
Brick Township, NJ-based singer-songwriter Kelli Faith dropped her latest single “More” off her upcoming album “21” on August 9th. Clocking in at just over four minutes, the acoustic country pop-rocker sings passionately about finding a love that is not only reciprocated, but also open and honest. The track opens with the rhythmic strumming of an acoustic guitar, with Faith’s vocals effortlessly dancing over the chords as the bass and lead guitar begin to round out the arrangement. After the first chorus, the drums begin to kick in and song rips into a sweet, classic rock-influenced guitar solo that makes it immediately clear that this song is perfect for summer. As a another verse rolls through the listener is brought back into a chorus that is not only catchy, but also makes it clear that Faith isn’t afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve. The music video for “More” showcases Faith performing her song as she walks along the beautiful beaches of Asbury Park, as well as touching acting performances from Faith and her partner Jonathan Greulich.
Faith’s music career began in 2015 with the formation of Manasquan, New Jersey pop punk band Before It’s Too Late. Faith energetically fronted the quintet as they wrote songs inspired by bands such as Hey Monday, All Time Low, and State Champs. In 2016, the band released an EP entitled “Miscommunication” and played a plethora of shows across their home state, opening for bands such as Hinder and The Stolen. Faith personally took a lot of musical influence from Hey Monday’s Cassadee Pope, and after Before It’s Too Late disbanded in the fall of 2017, she translated that inspiration into a new solo project.
Fans can stream “More” on all major streaming platforms, as well as Faith’s debut full-length record “21” which is due out on September 20th. Faith’s late 2018 single “Him” is also available on all streaming services and will be featured on the upcoming album. Faith will be performing songs from her new record at The Brighton Bar in Long Branch, New Jersey on September 5th. She will be sharing the stage with acts such as The Ian Walsh Band, Holdn, and Aqua Aura. The show is available for all ages, and fans can gain entrance for a cover fee of ten dollars.
By: Nick Manduley
Here at Muddy Paw, it’s no secret we love music. To some of us, we love it- no, we need it more than we need coffee in the morning. Finding new and awesome music to vibe with can sometimes be a struggle though, but luckily, the internet has a plethora of avenues for us to find those new bangers! Let’s take a look at a few.
1. YouTube Radios & Playlists!
Does the image of an anime girl peacefully working on some homework with a window in the background, providing a detailed view of a cityscape sound familiar to you? What about an animated bird’s eye view of a swimming pool in the summer time? Yes? No? Maybe? Well, if not, then I’ve got some news for you. YouTube has 24/7 livestream radios that’s perfect for lovers of lofi, hip-hop, rock, pop, and indie music! Not to mention countless playlists that are guaranteed to have something for everyone!
Ahhh, Bandcamp. How we love thee. Bandcamp has a special place in the hearts of millions of DIY musicians and bands all over the world. Bandcamp is the go-to website for amazing underground music, and if you’re looking to pinch your pennies, there are countless artists who have their music available for free download on their bandcamp site. Free! How awesome is that!? Bandcamp is also a great way to support up-and-coming artists through purchasing their merch and making charitable donations through the website’s “name-your-price” feature.
This may seem like an obvious one, but Pandora is a sure fire way to not only find new music, but find new music for YOU! Users create their own radio via searching for an artist they enjoy and selecting them. Pandora will not only play music by that artist, but also music from artists of similar styles and genres! You can also stream your own custom radios for stand-up comedy! Who doesn’t love a good laugh?
4. Indie Music Blogs
Blogs, blogs, blogs! Indie music blogs are always reporting on underground and up-and-coming bands and artists from all over the world. Spend any amount of time scrolling through one of these blogs, and you’re likely to leave with a laundry list of new music to check out. These blogs are a great way to get information regarding your new favorite bands, their upcoming tours, and possible new music.
Nick Manduley is a Senior Public Relations & Journalism student at Monmouth University. He is an intern with Muddy Paw PR as well as a staff writer at The Outlook, Monmouth University’s student-run newspaper. Since 2016 he has played guitar and provided vocals in the New Jersey-based punk band Drive, Kid. Manduley has been extremely active in his local music community; organizing and promoting local shows while also providing reviews and features for not only his friend’s bands, but local bands across the United States and Great Britain.
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.