About A Band

Los Lemons

This music is the solo work of Victor Gomez under the name Acid Jam:

Los Lemons music coming soon!

A band from Angola, Indiana and the epitome of raw talent and simplicity- no nonsense. You can find them on Soundcloud where their bio says “just guys being dudes”. They have instrumentals that are my favorites because the guitar in them is amazing (Pool, Slow Down, Sunday Morning Jam, untitled 1, and Lurch).

Track by track breakdown:

Lurch– This short tune begins with some low bass and does a really cool job of incorporating a sick electric riff and tambourine.

Slow Down– This song reminds me a lot of The Growlers melodic style (specifically in ‘Love Test’). My favorite lyric is “Taking all your time, such a perfect crime cause you sit and wonder why you feel so down, oh baby just slow down.”

Pool– This track again reminds me 100% of “Hiding Under The Covers” by The Growlers off of their ‘Gilded Pleasures’ album.

Worried Mind (demo)– This track speeds up the vibe of the EP a ton. My favorite lyric in this song is “I got a worried mind that takes up all my time.”

Sunday Morning Jam– I might have to say that this is my favorite tune off of the EP. I’m a sucker for a really really good guitar instrumental.

No Job Blues–  These lyrics speak for themselves: “Don’t know where I’m goin’, don’t know where I’ve been, don’t tell my mother I sin. I’m fighting this battle but I don’t think that I’m gonna win. Don’t worry about me, I’d rather get high, no I wouldn’t lie, you see, those people they bore me cause all they do is talk of themselves.”

untitled 1–  This tune is a sick interlude to put toward the end of an album. It slows things down a bit and sounds like a reflection on all the others. Not to mention, it’s ANOTHER beautiful guitar instrumental.

Luna Azul– This tune has a slow 50s vibe to it and reminds me of Summer Salt’s “Sweet To Me”.

Check out the EP right here:

and till next time.

Short Stuff on Sick Sounds

Cosmo Pyke

A total mix of some of my favorite artists- Kurt Vile, Mac Demarco, HOMESHAKE, and Frank Ocean, this 18-year old multi-instrumentalist out of Peckham, London is just a regular kid that skates, paints, makes cool music, and has absolutely blown my mind with his eclectic mix of indie and r&b. His voice, hip urban style, and lyrical influences are 100% unique to him. The biggest thing that I look for when listening to new artists are original lyrics that aren’t cliche or heard before and Cosmo Pyke brings something new to the table in all of his tunes. If you wanna hear some groovy stuff listen to the tracks below:

Favorite Tunes off of ‘Just Cosmo’

Track #2- Chronic Sunshine

Track #4- Social Sites

Track #5- Great Dane

In an interview with Independent UK, Cosmo mentioned that he grew up listening to reggae, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Dylan, and Micheal Jackson (you can really hear the reggae influence in Chronic Sunshine). Just from listening to his music and interview, you know that the things that influence his writing are completely genuine and real.

Cool Fact: He sampled his mom and a clip from “Just William” that reminds him of his childhood on the track ‘Great Dane’ on his EP.

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Cosmo Pyke on Soundlcoud:

Music Video for Chronic Sunshine:

Cover Photo by Notics Magazine.

Hope ya enjoyed some rambling on a cool dude, see ya soon.

90s Nostalgia Mixed With Modern Alternative

Happyness is sure to bring you exactly what their name offers with their 90s alternative rock lead guitar style along with their abstract lyrics that lead you to places in your mind that you don’t pay much attention to. How many British guys does it take to create this sick sound, you ask? Three! Jon EE Allan (Guitar, Bass, Vocals), Benji Compston (Guitar, Vocals), and Ash Cooper (Drums). This band has played festivals such as Reading and Leeds which is where so many of my favorite legendary bands have played.

Their first album Weird Little Birthday was released on March 30th of 2015 from their personal studio, Jelly Boy Studios. This record is 17 tracks long, some of the songs being pretty lengthy. The next bit of music they produced was an EP Tunnel Vision On Your Part, released on September 23rd, 2016, and is 5 tracks long, named after the last song. Their most recent album Write In, not out yet, releases on April 7th of this year (2017). This record will features 2 tracks from the previous EP.

My Favorite Tunes (I know, I listed a lot):

‘Montreal Rock Band Somewhere’

‘Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste the Same’

‘Friend Of The Revolution’

‘SB’s Truck’

‘Orange Luz’

‘It’s On You’

‘Leave The Party’

‘Monkey In the City’

‘You Come To Kill Me?!’

‘A Whole New Shape’

The guys got their name from the song “Hello Moscow” by Brute Force and mispelled it purposely to pay tribute to Happy Shoppers convenience store.

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Audio Preview of ‘Weird Little Birthday Girl’ (2015): 

Thanks for reading, take a listen and tell me what ya think.

 

 

 

 

 

The Artist’s High

WARHOL! They did it again and this album is definitely my most recent favorite. leftsideswarhol

If you like surf rock, you like Acid Ghost and if you like Acid Ghost, you love Warhol. The band says this album was inspired by the following artists:

  • Jenny Hval
  • Frank Ocean

  • French New Wave Films

  • Jean-Luc Godard

  • VU’s White Light Album

  • Is The Is Are

  • Sandy Kim

  • Francesca Woodman

  • Andy Warhol

This masterpiece was released on September 9, 2016 (kinda late writing this) and was written and produced by Ace Barcelon with the exception of “Life” written by Jessica Mayuga, “Solitude” written by the drummer Mikey Mendoza and the cover of “Henry ” by Soccer Mommy. [bandcamp.com]

The album is extremely truthful which makes me love it even more. It delves into the honest souls of the band when it touches on intense experiences of rehab and drug use, being kicked out of school, and struggles with trust while portraying themselves artistically. In an interview with Ace for Atwood Magazine, he speaks about how a part of him feared being so upfront and blunt when it came to songwriting. Especially given that Mikey was away during the writing of the album, so it was a lot of him alone with his thoughts and wrote them all down just like that.

“Yes, a bit. You know, everyone is hearing my story but I think that’s what music is for for me, I guess, to put my ideas out there. I would say, yeah I was scared at first, but I got used to the idea of people listening to my story.” – Ace Barcelon

He also touches on the biggest inspiration for the album, given the title, “Warhol”. The first track, “Life” is a 53 second interview with Warhol which really captures the entire idea behind this album. It is the struggle  that every artist has. The struggle of what the artist wants their art to portray versus the idea the public creates themselves. But in a way, that’s the beauty of art I think; each person interprets art in a certain way according to their own lives. It effects everyone differently.

“I was reading an Andy Warhol biography and I was just inspired by his story, his views on art. I just wanted to have a title that would be pretty blunt and out there, and I wanted something attention-grabbing too. I thought it would be a good title.”- Ace Barcelon

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Andy Warhol by Sunday B. Morning
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Handwritten Track List

 

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Mikey and Ace

San Francisco was also a huge inspiration behind this piece given that they’re SF locals so that vibe is definitely grounded in each tune and they named a track “Downtown Sf”.

The lyrics of this album are super poetic, the ones that stuck out to me the most are:

(My favorite tune) Track #2- The Artists High“can you tell me how it feels to be alive?”

Track #6- Mistakes“I’ve been searchin’ and I’ve been wondering”

Track #7- Letterslet’s go gaze at stars, tell me which one shines the most”

Track #12- Not the Same Personlife takes its place”

Track #13- Vulnerable“and paint the world through my eyes”

This is one of those  albums where the words can be so intense yet have a really feel good tune over them. When an artist’s music hits on certain emotions and nerves, thats when you know that it’s good music. All music should make you feel something. It should inspire you, encourage you to step out of the box, tap into your own artistic side. Thats what this band and especially this album does for me.

Take a listen and until next time, thanks for reading.