Put Your Records On: What Model Citizens

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At The Great Record Chase we strive to get inside the heads of prominent new artists, and what makes their musical nerves tick. Over the course of several months we have been putting together a project in which a selection of new artists on our radar have put together an editorial. This consists of musical influences that formed, shaped, and brought to life their sound. There has been an impressive amount of new talent that has come our way since starting this website back in the Fall, and we want to take everything to a whole new level. This feature will be regularly occurring on our website, so make sure to check back often.

What Model Citizens “Too Late”: http://vimeo.com/100473479

Today we sit down with Alex Musto, the frontman of New York based What Model Citizens, that have been breaking onto the scene in a big way. As of recent the group have released their new video for “Too Late” which combines both haunting and intriguing elements.

Name three albums or artists that influenced your musical styling you play today and why they are important to you. What made them so influential to you? When did you first discover them? How did they help form the music you play today?

 
I’d say, in a mix of albums and artists, that The Clash (and specifically London Calling), The Handsome Furs, and Gang of Four’s Entertainment have probably had the most influence on what I create for What Model Citizens. Growing up in the DC area I was exposed to punk, albeit mostly hardcore, very early. I was aware of the Clash and Gang of Four early but I’d say it wasn’t until college that I really started to get into them. Handsome Furs I wouldn’t discover, obviously, till much later when I saw them play in San Francisco. I had been invited to hang out and interview the opener of the show, a local SF act, for a blog I was writing for and stuck around to watch their show. It was a real epiphany moment for me when I said this is what I’m going to do guitar, drum machine, and synth. After that the politics and power of The Clash, raw emotion and jagged edges of Gang of Four, and electronic beats and synths fused together for me to assemble the What Model Citizens sound.
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Put Your Records On: Fractal Control

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At The Great Record Chase we strive to get inside the heads of prominent new artists, and what makes their musical nerves tick. Over the course of several months we have been putting together a project in which a selection of new artists on our radar have put together an editorial. This consists of musical influences that formed, shaped, and brought to life their sound. There has been an impressive amount of new talent that has come our way since starting this website back in the Fall, and we want to take everything to a whole new level. This feature will be regularly occurring on our website, so make sure to check back often.

Listen Now: Fractal Control “Starved for Change”
 https://soundcloud.com/fractalcontrol/starved-for-change 

Today we sit down with Mike Louttit, the man behind Fractal Control.  Fractal Control is an instrumental artist, just releasing the debut “Disconnection Equals Freedom.” His latest single “Starved for Change” is the first single being shared from the record of this up-and-coming new artist.

Let us sit in on this session:

Name three albums or artists that influenced your musical styling you play today and why they are important to you. 

The three biggest influential artists for me would be System of a Down, Death, and Buckethead. I discovered System of a Down when I was around twelve or thirteen and they were the first band I really got into. I had never heard anything like them before or since for that matter. Around that same time I started writing songs on guitar so they definitely helped shape my sound and writing. I think they are one of the most original bands ever and I always looked up to that and aspire to have my own sound.

What made them so influential to you?

When I was about fifteen or sixteen I discovered Death which became, and still is, one of my all time favorite bands. I started getting into heavier music around this time and although Death is considered one of the first death metal bands they are also very technical. Chuck Schuldiner who fronted the band was a phenomenal guitarist and his style and playing have always been a huge inspiration to me. One of their songs “Voice of the Soul” is an instrumental songs with just guitars. That song is what inspired me to start writing instrumental music and I’ve been doing that ever since.

When did you first discover them?

When I was about nineteen I discovered Buckethead who is an incredible guitar player who also does mostly instrumental music, but he can play just about any style of music. He can shred as good as anyone but he can also play very tasteful acoustic material and anything in between. Listening to him inspired me to write in styles other than just heavy music.

Put Your Records On: Sit Kitty Sit

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At The Great Record Chase we strive to get inside the heads of prominent new artists, and what makes their musical nerves tick. Over the course of several months we have been putting together a project in which a selection of new artists on our radar have put together an editorial. This consists of musical influences that formed, shaped, and brought to life their sound. There has been an impressive amount of new talent that has come our way since starting this website back in the Fall, and we want to take everything to a whole new level. This feature will be regularly occurring on our website, so make sure to check back often.

Watch Now: Sit Kitty Sit “Birmingham”

Today we sit down with Mike Thompson drummer of Sit Kitty Sit, who plays alongside Kat Downs Gaudette in the band. The duo have been creating musical waves in San Francisco, for the past few years, and have struck gold with their new release “Everlasting Fire.” They have a shiny new single and video out for “Birmingham” which manages to show their musical genius that stirs inside and out.

Let us sit in on this session:

Name three albums or artists that influenced your musical styling you play today and why they are important to you. 

SKS: Buddy Rich, John Bonham & Neil Peart

What made them so influential to you?

SKS: Well, Buddy was really the first jazz drummer i could identify with since I grew up on hard rock.  He had such an incredible presence and played with such force and           conviction that i didn’t realize a lot of the big band jazz drummers could and were doing. He was my gateway drummer into that world and I found they were as much a rockstar as any of the people i grew up on.

I really learned a lot about feel & dynamics from the big band guys as did John Bonham, who is really my first & foremost inspiration (like many other drummers) when it comes to hard rock.  He had a natural swing to his playing and modeled his big drum kits after the big band jazzers.  I really learned from Bonham how to take what the big band guys were doing and translate it to a hard rock setting while still maintaining power & finesse.

Neil was the first drummer who kind of taught me what it means to write technically specific drum parts for songs. A lot of the stuff I was listening to before I got into Rush was pretty straight ahead rock.  Drum parts for songs were pretty straight forward and never really played the same.  I learned a lot about playing in different time signatures & styles within one song from him.

When did you first discover them?

SKS: I discovered all these guys within the first couple years that I started playing drums, so sometime between 10-12 years old.  Rush was actually my very first big concert I ever went to; a Christmas present from Dad when I was 12.  The show blew my mind away, Neil in particular.

Of course there have been countless other influences on me since I’ve picked up the drumsticks but combining everything I’ve learned from these three in the early stages of  my game really set the path for how I play today.

How did they help form the music on your new record?

SKS: Well again, they all come from different musical genres and this record having such a broad stroke of musical genres I found myself drawing a little from each one of them.  I took a few ideas from similar stuff they’ve done and applied it to the song with a twist of my own identity on it and voilá!

JEANINE” The Urban Soulstress Kicks Off the New Year with Single, “RUNNIN'”

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Link: JEANINE “RUNNIN’”: https://soundcloud.com/sororityrecords/runnin

Jeanine is kicking off 2015 in style with her infectious new single, “Runnin’,”from her current release, Thank You.

Jeanine’s style is equal blends of quirky, street, Soul, Pop, Hip Hop, and R&B. Her ear for harmonies and selecting quality beats stands above the rest. Her songs have been placed on “America’s Next Top Model,” and the “Tyra Banks Show” respectively. In 2003 she had also won the BMI/Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Abe Oleman Award for her excellence in songwriting.

Recognized by Anthony Hamilton (singer/songwriter/producer) in 2003,Jeanine had appeared on his Grammy nominated album, Comin’ Where I’m From, contributing vocals to “I’m a Mess.”

The road to glory was a long one for Smith, but she has stayed her course and persevered. While living the life of a starving artist/songwriter in New York she has recorded with top producers such as Rocwilder (Destiny’s Child, Method  Man, Christina Aguilera), Troy Oliver (Jennifer Lopez), Needlz (50 Cent), 88 Keys (Mos Def, Kanye West, Musiq, Macy Gray,Talib Kweli), Belief (C-Rayz Walz , Aesop Rock, Brooke Hogan), among others.

Fast forward to today, in which Jeaninehas brought to life her newest release,Thank You. Throughout the past several years, she has been seen by 2 million people, sold hundreds of downloads and made a lot of friends. Hopeful for the future, Jeanine is working diligently to achieve her goal of world domination.

Reptar Signs to Joyful Noise; Limited Edition 7″ & Spring Tour

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Link: http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com/reptar-in-through-the-eyelids.html

Continuing their exploration of indie-afro-beat-electropop-weirdness, Reptar will return this spring with their second full-length album (details announced soon). Reptar draws influence from a disparate array of artists, and comparisons can be made to anyone from Talking Heads to MGMT. But Reptar simultaneously showcases musicianship in the heritage of Frank Zappa, Rush, and Mike Patton – creating a blend of party music suitable for music nerds.

In advance of the full length, Joyful Noise is releasing a special limited edition 7″ to whet your appetite. “In Through The Eyelids / Delusional” contains two new Reptar songs which will NOT be included on their upcoming full-length. This one-time pressing is limited to just 500 hand-numbered copies on blue and yellow “A-side/B-side” style

Spring Tour

04.01 // Raleigh, NC @ King’s Barcade
04.02 // Washington DC, DC @ U Street Music Hall
04.03 // Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
04.04 // Boston, MA @ Great Scott
04.07 // Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
04.08 // Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi (Presented by Joyful Noise)
04.09 // Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub
04.10 // Madison, WI @ The Frequency
04.11 // Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
04.12 // Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
04.14 // Omaha, NE @ Slow Down
04.16 // Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
04.17 // Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
04.18 // Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
04.19 // Boise, ID @ Neurolux
04.21 // Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
04.22 // Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
04.24 // San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
04.25 // Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theatre
04.26 // San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
04.27 // Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
04.30 // El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
05.01 // Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall
05.02 // Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr.
05.03 // Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
05.15 // Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

Tom Levin Brings “Mind’s Eye” to Life with Single Release

Tom Levin Press Photo_Halff landsc_Ph Johan Töpel_high_resSwedish-based Tom Levin is on his way to being a remarkable talent in the New Year. We are only a few days in, and I find myself venturing back to his single debut named “Mind’s Eye,” for the past several days. In the later part of 2014 he released the second half of a budding album project which is interestingly titled “Them Buffalo.” His vocal work described as both distinct and powerful is certainly true to form with this stunning first glimpse in the States. Tom Levin’s dreamy vocal work is a pleasurable accompaniment to his folk rock soundscapes which leaves listeners with a charming collection of tracks.

Listen: Tom Levin “Mind’s Eye”
https://soundcloud.com/tomlevin/minds-eye?in=tomlevin/sets/them-buffalo

The Sensational Sounds of Torsha Lynn

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Hip Hop-RnB artist, Torsha Lynn has just released her latest single, “Supa Baddd,” which has been garnering the attention of fans and critics alike. “Supa Baddd,” is a sound that Torsha describes as a “club banger,” which touches on self-confidence and female empowerment.

Torsha Lynn’s life has thrown her a few curve balls, but as they say, the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray. Even through immense heartbreak and incredible joy, one thing has always been clear: she was meant to be a singer. Returning to her life’s passion to release her sophomore album, “Inappropriate,” which has already been hailed by critics for its “flawless vocals, hypnotic melodies and epic anthems,” Torsha’s latest album promises to deliver a unique R&B style sure to draw in listeners with her powerful voice and sound.

LISTEN: “Supa Baddd”