Music: Issue 8
PHOTO OF JOYNOISE BY @FILTHYWITCH
Tia Bryant is an emerging photographer and visual artist from Devon and currently residing in the West Midlands. Although she traditionally considers herself a documentary landscape photographer who uses 35mm film, she’s recently been working and collaborating with the band FEET, an up and coming band from Coventry.
George (Jeep), Ollie, Harry & Joe did pretty poor on their A Levels and ended up at Coventry University. Some mutual friends, pasta, rounds in and a scotch egg later, we had FEET! Jeep rather lazily wrote most of 'Petty Thieving' on a 4-string guitar because he couldn’t be bothered to re-string it. The lyrics and the rest of it came from an all-nighter with Ollie around Coventry, which ended with a 'Spoons breakfast and a few tins on the Uni hub roof garden. The reaction has been something the band never expected to come from the video. Jeep says "I guess we are still just riding our luck. We have been pretty much repeating our own mantra ever since and it's worked at so far 'it can’t possibly go wrong ever'". FEET released their debut 7" of 'Petty Thieving/Macho Macho' on Yala Records".
Tia’s Instagram: @tiabryant_photography
Feet’s Instagram @feetband
"Corrvus started out from an old band I was in and ending. Still wanting to play music, I didn't know how to play any instruments (and still don't). Then I started putting up flyers and ads about wanting to start a band. Iit didn't work at all. After a while I thought I might be able to learn to program drums. Then play repetitive, simple guitar parts over it to form a wall of noise. The first demo sounds like that. I think I still wanted it to be a punk project. The second one, I became a lot more interested in making atmospheric or noisy walls by distorting field recordings with lack of song structure and synth parts. Most of the songs don't have chords and a few don't even have guitar. I think that's going to be the direction I keep going in - at least for now, but it's always subject to change."
"My name is Demi Marshall, and I am a 21 year old college student from Northwest, IN. I experiment with a variety of writing styles (usually never showing them to anyone), but mostly what I do is music review. My writing has been featured in Unclear Magazine, Strife Magazine, my college newspaper, and my personal blog, InAlternative. I hope to continue writing and pursue a career in something related to music journalism."
The Reigon's EP "My Way Out"
The Region is a pop punk/emo band from Northwest Indiana. Consisting of Jake Cyprian (vocals/guitar), Phil Cyprian (bass/vocals), and Jon De St. Jean (drums), the band works well together in creating a fresh pop punk sound. Their latest release 'My Way Out' only has three songs, but is a great example of the band's talent. The Region impressed me with their meaningful lyrics, which add a lot of character to their already strong instrumentals.
The opening song, "5pm", is my favorite in terms of lyrics. This song discusses how it's easy to feel sad during winter months when it gets dark early in the evening. I find this easy to relate to, especially as someone who is also from Northwest Indiana. The months following the holidays can be hard on a lot of people as the sun begins to set earlier, and there seems to be less to look forward to. As the beat picks up in the song, the lyrics follow, sending an empowering message to stay positive in this time of hardship, "This happens time to time, but the weather passes by." I love how well the lyrics follow the momentum of this song. This song feel very true and raw, and the words flow together like poetry.
What really caught my attention in the next song, "Time I Have Left" is the quality of the instrumentals and vocals. The sound felt familiar, reminding me of classic pop punk bands such as Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy. I love the guitar and drums in this song. Both are great together and they are catchy, bringing a lot of life to the song. The vocals are also impressive and seem to come naturally. While Cyprian is hitting a few difficult notes, the vocals don't feel forced or rough. I like the classic pop punk sound of "Time I Have Left", because it reminds me of some of the bands I loved growing up, while also bringing on original ideas and sound.
My favorite song overall is the final track "Crossroads", because I found this song easy to relate to as well, and I really appreciate its sound. It has a heavier sound, which I enjoy, and the lyrics are great as well. The song talks about feeling lost in life, but also sheds a positive light on this issue, "Maybe it's better I don't know. Maybe it's what I needed most." This song is easy to relate to especially for a young adult audience, since young adults are often at times in their lives where they don't know what to do, or feel stuck. I like that this song gives an important message, while also showcasing the heavy side of pop punk. I can see "Crossroads" really speaking to a young audience, and giving them a song they can enjoy while also relating to.
Overall, The Region's 'My Way Out' is very impressive, and it's refreshing to see so much talent both instrumentally and lyrically. I would recommend The Region to anyone who is a fan of pop punk/emo music, or if you like heavier alternative music. Their lyrics are true and honest, and the band produces a unique and structured pop punk sound. Please check out The Region's music, especially if you are from Northwest Indiana, because it's always important to support local bands. I'm excited to see what these guys continue to produce in the future.
Formerly known as Bloom, Joynoise is an energetic Alternative band with Punk, Garage and Indie flavorings. Throughout their relatively short existence, Joynoise has released a plethora of songs and two music videos. They are currently working on a new EP which is expected to drop before summer's end.
Since an early age Erick Lobo has always been drawn to the science and art of sound. It would be a cliché to say his work started from humble beginnings but what else do you call it when the kid is nine and his first guitar was one that he FOUND and had only two strings. Now take that kind of ambition and blend it with a childhood soundtrack consisting of Metallica and 2Pac, you can get an idea of his genre’s range. In his early years he put together a high school rockabilly band, competed in annual Battle of the Bands and even performed at the world famous Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
After a spontaneous move to Austin, TX Erick stepped into a whole new creative realm. Mostly producing out of his tiny one bedroom apartment Erick found comfort in taking complete creative and technical ownership over his work. During this metamorphosis the work he began to write, record, produce and master was something one could only find in dreams. When you listen to his music you’ll be immersed in reverb drenched percussion, dreamy guitars and emotional vocals.
During this time he came up with an idea for a collective that would allow him to create opportunities for other artists to collaborate in various projects. He founded Wolfbone Productions and once he returned to Los Angeles gathered his closest and talented friends and family to join the pack. You can find Erick Lobo almost 100% of the time in a chair with an instrument, behind a mixing board, or hosting a showcase with local bands and artists. Looks out for this one he’s coming up fast like a wolf among the weeds.
Written by Christine Xolotl Muñoz
Laugh Queens is an alternative rock project formed by lead vocalist and guitarist Stephanie D'Arcy in 2016. The LA based band is made up of CalArts musicians that perform and record eccentric guitar melodies contrasted with a solid rhythm section, that always leaves a powerful, yet compelling impression.