Trapdoor Social is a Los Angeles based independent rock band with a mission. With its origins in a college environmental studies program, the band has a record of fundraising and activism to promote sustainability. Starting in 2015 Trapdoor Social branched off from the usual mix of club/radio/college shows and began producing outdoor, solar-powered concerts and events around the US, including Sunstock Solar Festival, which is takes place in Los Angeles annually. Their other projects combining music with activism have benefitted Homeboy Industries, Mesa Ridge High School, and Kids Cancer Connection.
The band’s music is energetic and passionate, with lyrics that play with love, philosophy, and social critique. Several of the band’s songs— “Away”, “Fine on My Own,” “Sunshine,” and “Wining as Truth” – have received significant airplay around the country, a national TV ad placement and success on Spotify’s ‘Discover Weekly’. Trapdoor Social are set to release a full album, as well as a national tour in the spring of 2019.
The infectious track is inspired by the idea of a growing movement of people who want to leave the world better than they found it. With funk-fuelled guitars, impassioned vocals and a contagious chorus the single is sure to be stuck in your head all day long! The visuals feature protests for environmental regulation change. The indie rock band have a record of fundraising and activism supporting sustainability, producing outdoor solar-powered concerts around the US.
Novele is the brainchild of 26-year-old singer/songwriter/producer Austin Fitzpatrick. From an early age, Austin was surrounded by music. His uncle, John Cale, is a founding member of Velvet Underground and his Aunt was a major label executive for
most her life. Austin’s father was also a musician and DJ and raised him on soul, R&B and Hip-Hop music.
Born in Mission Viejo and raised in Corona, Austin has a deep affinity for Southern California and its culture. Some of his earliest inspirations were California artists No Doubt, Dr. Dre and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. From there he ventured further into the Alternative and Hip-Hop realms like Run DMC, Bloc Party and Gorillaz (specifically their album Demon Days).
At age 12, Austin taught himself the drums and electric guitar and began to make his own music. He then started to play in a handful of bands and joined music programs at his junior high school. His passion for music only expanded as he entered high school. At age 14, he formed a band with his friends Kyle Harward and Jeff Riggs –
Novele began as a garage-rock band in the Inland Empire of Southern California. In early years, the trio played countless house parties and shows in and around their hometown. This was mainly experimental music in the vein of As Tall As Lions. They then faced turbulent times due to a variety of mental health and funding issues and had to take a break from each other. Kyle and Jeff have since returned to the group, but Austin remains the principal songwriter.
During the time apart, Austin continued to grow as a musician, songwriter and producer. He began to focus more on creating hip-hop beats for rappers. However, his love for punk and pop music never left and he began to fuse the genres into one.
This is where Novele’s current sound stems from. A fusion of punk, hip-hop and pop that form a true alternative style. The songs and lyrics pull from Austin’s personal experiences and struggles with mental health and overcoming depression which encompasses the deep emotion and raw passion that fuel the music.
Now 10 years later, Novele is set to release a debut demo album on September 14th. The album contains ideas from the early band days (“After The War”, “Rubies”) as well as newer tracks that Austin composed on his own (“T.S.”, “Tears”). The album is a journey through the tempestuous yet beautiful lifespan of the band. Enjoy.
Arcadia was founded in June 2018 by Will Adler, and Scott Lubin. Will is a guitarist, producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, and Scott is a songwriter and talented vocalist. Will and Scott began making music in high school, and have been developing their sound and style ever since. Arcadia presents a bright and fresh take on indie rock music, with four on the floor driving rhythmic elements, paired with bright and exciting guitar riffs.
Aaron Taos is ready to seize his own parcel of the indie pop-rock landscape in 2018 — and Night Thoughts, the Brooklyn resident’s sophomore EP, serves as the blueprint for his takeover. The seven-track effort sees the self-taught artist’s bedroom noodling explode into a full-blown studio project with bolder sounds and bigger production. However, getting to this triumphant phase in his career was no clear-cut task.
Aaron Taos received his first guitar at only five years old. The New Haven, Connecticut suburbanite kid’s affair with the instrument was fleeting as he became more interested in hip-hop and a promising soccer career, even playing in the state’s Olympic Development Program. It wasn’t until he encountered bands like Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes in high school that music re-established its magic hold on his creative aspirations.
“My first instinct is to write songs,” Aaron Taos says of his artistic drive. “When I first got a guitar when I was little, the first thing I wanted to do was write songs. I didn’t want to learn covers; I wanted to make something new. I really like making tangible things out of ideas.”
As a 16-year-old, those ideas first manifested as a garage rock band with some fellow jocks. Still, athletics remained his primary focus — until he took those talents to college. He quickly found enthusiasm for soccer quashed by too much structure and a lack of creativity, so he resolved to turn fully to his true muse: Music. Between classes, Taos holed up in his school’s computer lab, instructing himself in the production arts. “My friends would make fun of me because I was always there watching tutorial videos, learning how to use Logic,” he recalls.
Literally learning as he went, he was resolute in his passionate pursuit. He moved home before relocating to Brooklyn for a Sony Legacy internship, all the while forging his debut EP, 2015’s GUITS. Lo-fi by necessity, the project “was really a bedroom experiment with guitar in a way I wanted to do it,” he says. “Just looping. It was my first time mixing anything from scratch.” Despite its novice DIY nature, GUITS drew attention from publications like Consequence of Sound, The FADER, Brooklyn Vegan, and Pigeons and Planes; it even landed Taos a manager. With minimal assistance or formal musical education, Taos felt himself fast-tracked to pop success.
Until the reality of the situation slowed everything down. His recordings’ homegrown nature made them intriguingly sincere, but ill-prepared him for the actuality of the industry. Taos went from training himself to being thrust into writing rooms from LA to Sweden and shown all sorts of contracts and licensing deals. It was a lot to absorb for someone who just wanted to create.
“It was a double-edged sword,” says Taos of his quick come-up. “It gave me a reason to say, ‘I can actually do this. I’m going to do this.’ But it also stopped my progress in some ways. I met a lot of cool people, I became a better songwriter, but I wasn’t making anything tangible for me.”
Throughout that year of fruitless co-writing sessions, he nevertheless kept learning, refining his craft while awaiting that serendipitous spark to reignite his artful ambition. Without warning, it returned full force when Taos found himself in the right room with the right song and the right producers. The production team was LA duo TÕN and the song was his early 2017 single “Off My Mind”. A hook-riddled groove of yearning desire mixing GUITS‘s guitar sound with “hard-hitting hip-hop-ish drums,” the track catalyzed a new flurry of writing, recording, and releasing.
Yet, just as his music was becoming more dynamic, his personal life was stagnating. His relationship with his girlfriend, who had been there since the beginning of this journey, was coming to a crossroads. Taos now had to find a way to explore his new sonic growth while simultaneously dealing with a broken heart. Ever self-aware, he determined the best way to progress with both was to capture it all on Night Thoughts.
“This EP, for me, is to conceptualize what I am and what I’ve done, what this time meant to me,” Taos reflects. “It’s me retrospectively making sense of my life at that time personally and musically.”
As a result, Night Thoughts plays through the timeline of a relationship. The sleek, sexy tones of opener “Amazing” capture that first rush of attraction. Driving and syncopated, the hard-thumping “Twisted” expresses the dumbfounding anxiety of obsession with psychedelic licks nodding to Taos’ love of Tame Impala. Straightening himself up, Taos gets lost in the cool, carefree joy of true love on “Only One”, only to wistfully stumble on the dance floor as he recognizes a potential end with “Not Over Yet”.
More than just romantic contemplation, though, the EP is truly a time capsule of Aaron Taos’ last three years. It’s the result of a burgeoning musician’s quest to become the type of recording artist he knew he could be. Although it stands as validation that he’s succeeded, it also marks the end of this chapter in his life. It places this young songwriter on the edge of darkness, just stepping forward to meet whatever comes next. There, in those moments before the breaking dawn, live twilight ruminations rich with vulnerability, pleasure, and heartache — the Night Thoughts.
X.ARI the Toronto born, LA based songstress deftly dances in and out of genre lines, moving from enchanting alternative pop to gritty hip-hop production under a cover of electronic elegance. All the while, her visceral lyrics transmit messages of hope as often as they ponder tragedy. It is the mixture of those two elements when X.ARI’s sound and voice come to life.
X.ARI finds healing and her unapologetic voice in her music. In addition to that she also dedicates much of her time and energy into her Pain into Power campaign, which focuses on self care and well being in regards to one’s mental health. Her latest single ‘Stay v Go’ and 5 track EP “Dis-Order” are being released in May as a part of Mental Health Awareness month. There will also be a line of self care products such as journals, candles, etc to accompany these releases.
A version of ‘Stay v Go’ was filmed to air exclusively in over 1200 Journeys stores, during a campaign that will run in Fall 2018. “We don’t need to be defined by labels and we can turn our weakness into strength with a lot of self love, radical acceptance, support, therapy, and consistency. If I can get through my traumas and turn pain into power, so can you” is one of her anchoring beliefs and much of the purpose behind her latest web series ‘Self Care Sunday’.
The identity and name X.ARI is a persona that was adopted amidst working on her debut EP in 2017, which she has stated “became the birth of a totally new process”. She goes on to say “In Nordic, ARI means eagle and in Hebrew, it means lion. It is more me than I’ve ever been”.
Her debut EP, Tunnel Vision went on to win several awards, including Artistic Echoes Indie awards for ‘Best Female Artist’, ‘Best Album of the Year’, and ‘Best Single’, for the title track ‘Tunnel Vision’. Her single ‘Teachers’ also won the Indie International Songwriting Competition in March 2018. In addition to all the accolades, X. ARI is also determined to give back. Proceeds from every show, music, and merchandise go to Jack.org, the only Canadian charity training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health. Through their programs, Jack.org is ensuring young people in Canada take care of their mental health and get the help they deserve, when they need it.X.
ARI’s music is aimed to serve as a vehicle for expression. 2018 has seen the release of her most recent single “Vapors”, which was produced by Justin Gray (Mariah Carey, Joss Stone) and premiered on Wolf In A Suit. This came fresh on the heels of the EP’s announcement and first single, “Cattle Call”, which came out on October 2017, was produced by Drew Skinner, and the single’s release party included a SOLD OUT performance at the acclaimed Toronto venue, The Piston.
Currently she is working on a remix for her latest single “Stay v Go” with Bimbo Jones. The release of the ‘Dis-Order’ EP, will be followed with new music she is already working on for her third EP with Midi Jones (2Chainz, Trey Songz).
Fresh indie-pop quartet Corella started their journey in Manchester early 2016. Joel (Vocals/Guitar), Ben (Vocals/Bass), Jack (Guitar) and James (Drums) are currently bouncing between the studio and the road with their powerful vocals, melodic guitars and pulsating drums.
Pacific are a Piano-driven Alternative/Indie band from Manchester, UK. The band consists of brothers & songwriters Anthony Orzel – Vocals/Piano and Daniel Orzel – Synths/Bass/Backing Vocals, Dave Bithell – Guitars and Drew Burns – Drums/Percussion.
Pacific’s single ‘Time to Forget’ reaped the band’s first BBC Radio 1 play on the Huw Stephens show, along with airplay on a further eighty UK radio stations and press features from Q Magazine. Pacific’s energetic single ‘Life in Short’ exclusively launched with Metro declaring “New band Pacific are proving indie music is getting a much needed coming back.” The single won Staffordshire & Cheshire’s ‘Best Local Single’ at the 6 Towns Radio Awards 2018, it has been playlisted in retail stores across the UK, and has been placed on national radio rotation with the Jack FM radio group. The song has recently passed over 160k streams of Spotify, and has been selected by professional snooker player Liam Highfield as his walk-on song for TV matches in the 2018/19 season.
Pacific’s music has additionally gained support from Manchester football clubs; the band’s song ‘Dream of Mine’ has frequented Premier League match playlists at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, with Pacific’s music videos also on heavy rotation on Manchester United’s TV channel MUTV. The band have performed at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium as Premier League pre-match entertainment, and there has also been backing from Gary Neville-owned Salford City FC, who have used Pacific’s song ‘Blinded’ across all their social media video content.
Pacific have made huge steps on the live circuit, sharing stages with Razorlight, Maximo Park, Newton Faulkner, Toploader, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Wheatus, The Hoosiers, Starsailor and more, having played festivals across the UK including Crystal Palace Festival, Cornbury Music Festival, Leestock Music Festival and Liverpool International Music Festival to name a few. 2018 has also seen continued strong support from BBC Introducing, and a live Freeview TV interview on London Live. Pacific continue to bring piano back to modern indie music with a vengeance, with ‘Not Telling You’ released October 2018.
Senoia, Georgia is a creepy old place. One hour south of Atlanta in the Deep South, Senoia is the town where AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is filmed. It is also the home town of ALL THE REST who are as much misfits in their town as their Zombie counterparts.
Baylee Waller (19) is the son of a contemporary Christian artist and his dad bought him an electric guitar aged 10. Baylee immersed himself in music and when he was at a Tennessee music festival his dad was performing at, he met Jud Harris (19) who had been playing drums since the age of 8. They started to hang out together and dream of being rock stars. When Baylee’s cousin Caleb Smith (18) heard Jud and Baylee jamming together he decided he wanted to play guitar too. He was only 12 but when he started to practice with the other two the band suddenly landed its lead singer.
In the summer of 2013 the band knew they needed to add a bass player to their line up and so posted a Facebook status. Local bass player Tre Housman (20) had been playing since the age of 7, he luckily heard about the vacant position and impressed the guys with his skills.
With the line up now complete the guys have played constantly in the Georgia music scene and developed their skills as songwriters and musicians.
All home schooled, All The Rest are anything but regular and with their individual fashion style and weird personalities were often sneered at by locals. They ignored and persevered and when their music reached the ears of LA Music Publishers Kundun Music they were immediately snapped up for synchronisation in Film, TV and commercials.
Now recording in the studio with legendary alt Producer Matt Squire, whose credits include Panic! at the Disco, Youngblood Hawke, Good Charlotte, Boys Like Girls and All Time Low.
Often thought to be pretentious, All The Rest mysteriously thrives on the outer critics, making honest music for a disoriented and systematic generation. Inspired by the Post-Punk era, this alternative rock band carries a rebellious voice, unexpected from their sleepy Deep South. It’s undeniable that this band represents “All The Rest” of society.
Their first official release is Black Plague – released March 7th 2017. It is a raw and honest song about a true life toxic former relationship for one of the band that lead to nothing but pain and heartache.
All Things Go loves the track calling it “a hard-hitting revival of the raw energy borne from personal struggle and perseverance. As it rides on waves of self-determination, the sheer force of will carries you through the void.”
Emerging Indie Bands claims that, “The mix of dirty blues guitar and preppy pop vocal give All The Rest a space of their own in a crowded-market…The fact that I am suggesting you spend time in their company indicates that I think in Black Plague it works successfully…”
All The Rest has been featured on Alfitude‘s New Music Playlist.
“Black Plague” captures the ebbs and flows of life throughout its production. Moments of complete chaos are followed by moments of sweet serenity. This punchy rock tune is gritty and heartfelt – the epitome of freedom, as the lyrics suggest, letting go of the ties that ultimately bring you down.
The Burning Ear says, “From the jaunty guitar line that’s practically jumping out of the speakers, to the way the beat seems to get shut off for a second at the end of the choruses, Fred Page makes each element contribute to themes of his lyrics…The result is reminiscent of Ben Howard, but much livelier and easier to envision in an arena. ‘Saw It Off’ might just be your next big hands-in-the-air anthem.”
Evocative of the vocal stylings of Kaleo, the top-notch songwriting of James Vincent McMorrow, and the timelessness of Nick Drake, Page seamlessly weaves ebullient vocals and fervent storytelling all held down by a commanding guitar cadence. The perfect battle cry, “Saw It Off” is a soundtrack for moving on when something isn’t working.