Holy Wars: Mother EP

 

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I cannot pinpoint when my passion for music started to dim, one day I noticed I didn’t listen to music for weeks at a time. It was heart breaking because no matter how much I enjoyed a song or an artist, I was still meh.

A simple tweet led me to Holy Wars and I was awaken.

Holy War released their new EP, Mother, in July and it’s been my obsession. There is something simply mesmerizing about Kat Leon’s voice. There have been days when I just have Mother on a continuous loop and I never get tired of hearing it.

Something about the beat in the song I Can’t Feel A Thing reminds me of an actual heart beat and that is when the excitement flows. Each song on Mother has beautiful, heart wrenching lyrics.

I love when I listen to Warrior because I feel invigorated but….then I listen to Orphan, the urge to hug my friends and family overwhelms me. Conflicting but amazing at the same time.

Check out the official video for Orphan:

 

I’m so excited to see Holy Wars on August 7th, at the Satellite, I can barely contain myself.
Check them out:
https://www.holywarsmusic.com

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Hello……

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Like a band or artist, Gotta Press Play took an unexpected hiatus. First, it was my personal health issues but once that was done, something was off with me and music.

I hate writing that sentence but its true.

And at the beginning of the year I realized it was something a little deeper, don’t worry no over sharing.

GPP started because I had a love of music I wanted to share. The hard part about being a music blogger is worrying if you’re good enough to share your love. That old cliché of comparison and that horrible feeling made reviewing music harder.

No more comparison. I’m just me, a native of Los Angeles who loves music created right in my hometown – Hollywood or in the UK or Australia. I will fangirl over new music until I’m put in an old folks home.

I’m not a professional journalist simply I’m a lover of music.

So if you’re still reading this blog – thank you. If you’re new – ‘Hi!’.

 

 

Matt Corby: Monday (audio video)

Its a known fact that Matt Corby has been the Musical Prince in my heart since I saw him perform at Sxsw in 2011.  Sadly, Matt been off the grid for more than a year….but if you thinkg about it…..he performed at nearly every festival in the UK & Australia, it’s no wonder why he needed a break. During that time he went back into writers mode….and released his new single ‘Monday‘.

And with new music = live shows!

That’s right Matt will be performing live in Australia, so check out his site for more date information!

Be sure to check out the new single on iTunes, YouTube and Spotify.

Listen to new song ‘Monday’ here:
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/Mattcorbymonday
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/Monday.Spotify

Honestly there is no reason why this song isn’t added to your collection!

ode to thinking weekend

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The long awaited third studio album of Bobby Long is finally here with the release date this Friday 8/7/15. I had the pleasure of getting to see him live times over the weekend.

The first was Friday night from the comfort of my own home on Concert Window – an amazing interactive website, where fans of the artist can chat while watching the performance and leave the artist tips. I think more artists should to look into this. It’s a great way to stay in touch with your fans. It was a great show. All around fun and great covers done by Bobby including an early 80’s Dolly Parton song, “Jolene”.

The second time was at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA. I have seen Bobby perform at several different places but I think this venue is my favorite place to see him. I am not sure if it’s that place hold so much music history or the fact that the walls are lined with beautiful instruments or the fact the acoustics are amazing. Whatever it is, Bobby is amazing there. If you are ever in LA when he is performing at McCabe’s, please be sure to get a ticket. You will not be disappointed. I also think the fact that NO CELLPHONES are allowed to be on during the performance helps.

The third and final performance was a special listening party at a private home in LA. It was here that I was able to record video a few songs and was also given my copy of the new “Ode to Thinking” CD that I pre-ordered from Bobby’s Pledge campaign.

So now down to what you all wanna know about the album and my thoughts on it. First off, I just wanna say I am so excited that this CD comes with a lyric book. It makes singing along a lot easier. There are 11 songs on the album but I am sad to report that one of my new favorites is NOT on the CD. However, I was told that will be a special vinyl edition that will be coming out on Record Store Day. That song is “Pretty Little Pennies” (even though I SWEAR he says “pretty little panties” but that is another story. LOL).

Bobby’s last album “Wishbone” was a bit more bluesy/rock sounding. With “Ode to Thinking”, you can tell that recording in Austin, TX played a part in how this album would sound. It has more a country blues sound to it. Reading the titles of each song might even depress you, but they are amazing. One of my favorite things about Bobby’s songwriting is the way he able to paint a picture with his words. He always seems to take you on a trip with his songs and that is what he does with “Ode to Thinking”. Whether it is with “cold hours of the morning with the wind in her hair” in the song “I’m Not Going Out Tonight” or “so open up the ventricle and close the bloody vestibule” in “Something Blue, Something Borrowed”, he gets you there. You feel what he is singing (even if I am not sure what that last one means. LOL).

Most of these songs, I have heard live before and they sound just as amazing on this CD, but by far, my favorite of the album is 1985. It is hauntingly beautiful and I love it. But don’t take my word for it – get yourself a copy when it come out this week tomorrow to be exact and if you have the time, you should check out Bobby while he is on tour promoting his new album. Check the links below for details.

http://www.musicbobbylong.com/

Music Monday: Menage

Usually I’m introduced to a band during live events and then I’ll search for their studio work (spotify and/or available CDs). The opposite effect has occurred when I first listened to Toronto based, Menage, Christmas song and then checked out their other music on Soundcloud. I was suddenly overwhelmed with their melodies and lyrics and at that moment I hoped they would come to the the LA area soon.

A few months later my wish was granted when they played a week in the SoCal area but of course availability was against me. Just when I thought my chances were over, I got a ticket for their very last show at the Hotel Cafe. I really could not contain my joy to finally Menage took the stage and it was magical!

I was so happy I was able to see them live because they put on one helluva show! I seriously love the way Bela and Fernando’s voices blend together and it makes me ache to hear more. And I have to say this….nicest people group of musicians!! It was great to see them talk to everyone who hung out afterwards. Finding a band who appreciates their fan base is harder than you realize. Those little moments go a long way with me. So if they’re playing in your area you have to check them out – you will not be disappointed.

Links:

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

Song Of The Day: One – Luxxe

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I just discovered “One” by Luxxe….and I can’t stop playing this song!!

Whenever the song is playing the thoughts of summer flows through my mind….it makes me anxious for the days I can blast this song, with the sunroof open (sorry I don’t do convertibles) and head to Santa Monica or Venice Beach to relax. Or maybe I’m cruising to Palm Springs for the weekend with friends…..either way this song = summertime fun!

Be sure to check out their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter!

Album Review: Little Red Lung – Beware

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After seeing Little Red Lung play The Mint a few years ago, and as well as obsessively playing their self-titled EP religiously, it was inevitable they would become one of my all time favorite band.

When Zoe-Ruth Erwin (vocals), Ali Nikou (guitarist), Rob Hume (bassist) and John Broeckel (drums) come together, you instantly become aware they’re not your typical pop band. Each song has a certain flair that separates them from the masses and you realize not only are they talented musicians but true artists.

For the last few months Little Red Lung have been leaving hints of new music on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Each snippet would fill my musical heart with so much joy!

And now the wait is over.

To sum it mildly, ‘Beware‘ is simply captivating, soulful and hauntingly beautiful. Imagine the passion of Tori Amos with the mix of Florence Welch’s vocal range you have Zoe-Ruth Erwin. My biggest problem with Beware was trying to figure out my favorite song. Granted radio friendly songs like Porcupine Sheet and Get On The Boat were great but I wanted to find that song that spoke to me.

And then it hit me there was one song in particular I would play constantly…..Bell Tower.

And it was clear Bell Towers is the best song on the album. As a collective whole the band creates this majestic haunting sound that seems to elevate Zoe’s voice. And vocally this is the strongest song…..its powerful yet soft. Some singers would lose too much control and exaggerate certain notes. I find its Erwin’s control that takes you to the very edge but Zoe brings you back.

Its perfection. 

The fourth song on the album, Dead Weight was originally my favorite followed by Civilian Tiger. This album has been on repeat while I work and when I get home to relax.

A new album means we get more live shows! I cannot wait to see Little Red Lung again because they put on a great show and I always leave with a smile on my face.