Thursday, February 28, 2013

Album Review, Halfway To Hollywood – Party Like Its Prom Night



Fans of Halfway To Hollywood have been waiting a long time for them to release more than just a single and the time has finally arrive. Party Like its Prom Night is their first EP and officially released to the public on March 1st. It can be purchased on iTunes. I was lucky enough to talk to Brenden White, on behalf of himself, Grant Walker and Roman Zugarazo about their new release. I was also lucky enough to be one of the first to here the album. I couldn’t wait to share with readers what we talked about and review the album.
CB: How long did it take to make Party Like Its Prom Night?

HTH: A long time, hah!  We started demoing songs for the EP last January.
Out of twelve songs we demo'd in early January only one (To Yesterday)
made the final EP and it has changed quite from the original version.
Grant and I then took to just sitting down and writing with an
acoustic guitar and after a couple months of writing, we (along with
our producer) were happy with the songs.  We started tracking in June
and finished everything right before our September tour.  From there
it took a few months to mix/master etc.  Then we had to get artwork
done which we did this January.  Seems like a long time but it was a
learning process and we're pretty happy with what we came up with!

CB: Are there any tracks that didn't make the EP?

HTH: There are a lot of tracks that didn't make the EP haha.  Some of our
earlier fans might know what they are.  Songs like "That's What She
Said", "Our Time", "Over You".  There are probably more than 20 though
that we've demo'd and never played live.

CB: How would you describe the EP?

HTH: Poppy, catchy, fun.  Considering there are only five songs (six if
you include the acoustic version of  "Unbelievable") I think there is
a fair bit of variety.

CB: What can fans expect next?

HTH: More tours, a music video, cover videos.  We're hoping to expand our
touring base and hit some new cities in the next 6-10 months.

CB: How can fans reach you and/or help you?

HTH: Probably the best way to reach us is send a tweet to @halfwaytoholly
on twitter!  We talk to everyone who talks to us.  As far as helping
us goes... spread the word and buy merch if you can afford it!  We
don't make much money doing this and we are 100% so we have no label
support.  Every dollar spent on producing music, fixing our van,
fixing our gear has to come from us directly.

CB: How does it feel to finally get a finished EP out to the world?

HTH: Feels great! :p

CB: Where did you record the EP?

HTH: We recorded out in Langley with Danny Craig at his home studio!

 Danny is the man, so probably him on the next EP but Grant and I are
 huge fans of the Friday Night Boys and Andrew Goldstein is doing a lot
 of production work now, so that's one guy for sure!

CB: Anything else you would like to share?

HTH: Keep checking our facebook/twitter/instagram!  In addition to the EP
being out Friday we are making a tour announcement *very* soon!  Hope
to see everyone out there on the road!

Review


I have to begin by saying how impressed by this album I am. Halfway to Hollywood has created an album that speaks to listeners. Five different tracks that are upbeat and fun. More often than not music can affect the listener’s mood and in some cases even encourage certain behaviours. Party Like its Prom Night has everything good to offer. What I am most happy about is the encouragement that can be found in lyrics such as “Somebody To Someone” and Unbelievable.
Recently I posted on facebook that I wish I had written the line “You’re just like a love scene, straight off the big screen.” This is from the chorus of “Unbelievable and I LOVE this lyric. I don’t know a girl out there who wouldn’t love hearing something like this being said about them.
Earlier in the week it was Pink Shirt day. A day dedicated to standing up to bullies. When I heard “Somebody To Someone” tears were brought to my eyes. I couldn’t think of a better song to help teens and adults alike get through the tough times. It reaches in to your very core and helps lift you up. This song reminds listeners that they are worth something.
The remaining tracks on the alum are just as amazing. “Party Like Its Prom Night”, “Green Lights”, and “To Yesterday” are great songs to dance, have fun to and just blast as loud as you can. I have focused on the lyrics on this album because they are eloquently written, but the music is just as amazing. There is a slight electronic feels to some of the songs but not enough to mask the talent of Grant, Brenden and Roman’s musical skills. There’s great beats, amazing riffs and everything you would want on a pop album. Adding an acoustic version of “Unbelievable” was a great way to close off their fist EP. Congrats boys you have created something special here.  

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Album Review – One Day Late




One Day Late is a rock band out of Edmonton, Alberta and they have brought us a fresh new album with a classic rock feel. Their self title 9 track album will have listeners of all ages interested. It’s nice to see a band stay true to what rock music really is and to give listeners something to get excited about. I personally have never heard such a strong debut album for an artist or band in any genre.
One Day Late offers a classic sound inspired by the bands we all know such as AC/DC.  With strong vocals, great instrumentation including guitar riffs you can get lost in, One Day Late will hook you from the first track. The band writes all their own songs and the album was recorded at The Warehouse Studio located in Vancouver where some of music’s best have recorded.  If you are a music lover this is an album you don’t want to miss.
The album opens with Get To You, which is my personal favorite. An excellent choice to get listeners intrigued and interested in the rest of the album. The most recent single Here I Stand this is one of those songs that will give you the rock feel you loved back in the 80’s or if you’re too young for that you will at least get a taste of it. I can’t really say enough good things about this album and my only real complaint is I wanted more. I guess instead of me telling you how amazing every song is you should just pick up the album and see for yourself.
One Day Late has been touring around Alberta and will also be joining Canadian Music Week in Toronto March 2013. If you get the chance to see them live, I highly recommend it. Nothing is better than live music, especially when it’s good music. They have also been getting some great radio play on Alberta’s top rock stations. So help support them by requesting Here I Stand of their first single Full Throttle on your local rock station.
One Day Late can befound on Twitter @OneDayLateBand on Facebook, their websiteiTunesYouTube and Sound Cloud 




ONE DAY LATE
1.       Get To You
2.       Here I Stand
3.       Smile For Me
4.       Hotel Charlie
5.       Ignition (Interlude)
6.       Full Throttle
7.       Crazy
8.       Follow Me







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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Crystal Kid – Two Brothers With A Dream




A few weeks ago I caught up with Crystal Kid at the Amp Rockstar contest in Calgary. Charles and Frank have competed in the contest for four years now and has become a fan favorite. This year they came in second place and won a substantial cash endorsement from Amp Radio to further their musical career. I really enjoyed getting to know these two brothers and watching them play live. Of course anyone that covers Marianas Trench is great in my books. They have a lot going on in the upcoming months including a trip to Toronto for Music Week. So today I would like to introduce you to Crystal Kid.

Charlotte: We are awaiting the results of the Amp Rock Star finals, are you guys nervous?

CK: I feel pretty chill, this is our fourth time in this competition. It gets to a point where you feel pretty relaxed and whatever happens happens. I think one thing bands forget is it’s all about the music and all about the fans. I know shows tend to create a lot of anxiety, but once you get over that and take a step back to ask yourself why am I doing this? MUSIC.

Charlotte: How long have you been doing this?

CK: Well we are brothers, so the natural progression into this came about nine years ago. We developed Crystal Kid and tribute our pop/rock roots.

Charlotte: I love your cover of Fallout by Marianas Trench, so thank you for doing that
.
CK: Thank you, it came about in a way that was very spontaneous. Charles came up to me one day and said, do you wanna cover Fallout by MT? I was like sure, he sings pretty high...but I will give it a shot. We love Marianas Trench, so might as well pay some tribute.

To read the full interview check out radionation.ca it should be available soon.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Guest post by Author Debbie Kump


Black Moments in Fiction…and Life

I’m a big fan of black moments in fiction. But in real life…not so much.
In literature, I love reaching that emotional climax when the protagonist’s future seems bleak, hoping that a minute chance for a HEA—or Happily Ever After—still remains. Yet when my own life takes a similar turn, I grow increasingly frustrated, doubting a personal HEA exists.
Just as I prefer to write by plotting out the major scenes in outline form before delving into my next novel, I prefer to map out my future career plans and goals than to simply take things as they come. But unexpected twists in the road of life occasionally throw off my plans.           
And lately, these black moments seem to be occurring with increasing regularity.
 
 Nine years ago, I resigned from full-time teaching to stay home and raise our children. By teaching part-time in the evenings, I felt like I never truly left the classroom. Yet when my oldest son entered school, I abandoned the part-time gigs to keep my evenings free for his homework and sports.
As busy as my children kept me with their activities at home, a void began to grow in my life. No longer needing to read Geometry, Algebra II, and ACT prep books in my spare time to prepare myself for answering myriad student questions, my brain thirsted for a new challenge. In response, an unachieved goal continually surfaced in my mind.
Personally, I’m driven by goals. Wanted to run a marathon…check (and I completed four, to be exact). Wanted to live in Hawaii…check. (Then missed it so much after we returned to the mainland that I made my husband move back to the islands). Wanted to publish a book…
Unchecked.

Despite my growing commitments to my children’s school and sports, I decided to act on this dream. At the time, my naiveté was bliss, never guessing how time and effort I’d invest over the next few years in order to actually achieve this goal. But looking back, I believe all of it was worthwhile to be where I am today, especially since my prospects of returning to my previous career as a full-time teacher are slim. Between recessional government cutbacks that forced my school district to eliminate numerous teaching positions and a genetic autoimmune disease called iritis that flared in my eyes and left me extremely light sensitive, I sought another career option.


Blessed with supportive family and friends, I eventually met my goal with the release of my first novel, an Apocalyptic Thriller entitled, 7G. Chronicling the interwoven lives of multiple characters, 7G is set in the near future when Smartphones will be obsolete. Instead, technological innovations provide virtual computer screens for texting, surfing the Internet, or reading an ebook on lenses worn directly over the eye. With the upcoming conversion to 7G Network allowing instantaneous optical and audio recording, limitless military and civilian applications abound. Yet an unexpected programming glitch proves fatal, spelling disaster for the nation. In the aftermath of 7G, the fates of college sophomore Erik Weber and submariner Alyssa Kensington entwine, making the reader wonder if these protagonists will escape and manage to survive in a crippled world.
Though my life may differ from my original plans, I’m done losing sleep over those black moments as I follow this dream down a new path.

Debbie Kump is the author of 7G, Exiled to the North, Transformed, and Disappearances. Her titles are available in ebook and paperback on Amazon or direct from World Castle Publishing and Whiskey Creek Press.

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