Tag Archives: Synth

Dog Days

“Dog Days” by J-Rock band Man With A Mission is today’s track of the day. I’d never heard of MWAM until I saw them live when they supported Zebrahead a couple years ago and I was hooked. Their unique sound is definitely not mainstream in the western world, but they’re massive in Japan.


Freeze me

Death From Above’s latest release “Freeze Me” is the Track of the Day today and it’s their first single since their 2014 album “The Physical World”. True to their unique high energy rock/punk style, the two piece band seem to be back in full swing under their original name Death From Above, rather than their former name Death From Above 1979.

New Music Discovery

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That feeling you get when you discover a new band or artist is why I love music so much. You never know what’s going to be coming next, a new twist on an old technique or a completely new sound. Starting today, I’ll be sharing the bands/artists I’ve stumbled upon each week together with a brief intro to them, why I’ve taken to them and a few of my favourite songs to get you started.

As you’ll see below, all of these artists were found through recommendations in one form or another. If you would like to recommend something to me, tweet @pieces_of_time.

High Tyde
I’ve always been a fan of indie music and it was while reading Delirious Antidotes, and their Interview Central post – Addicted to Peach Ice Tea, that I found High Tyde.

High Tyde are a Brighton based indie band who have recently released a new single, Glowwhich was the first song of theirs that I listened to. From that, I then checked YouTube and found Karibu, before going to Spotify and finding what looked to be two EPs; Glow and Fuzz.

The ability to create original, energetic and catchy indie music is one that High Tyde have successfully mastered and can be seen in the likes of Feeling The Vibes and Do What You Want. The band also demonstrates the ability to create a relaxed, laid-back mood with songs like These Days and Me and You.

High Tyde have proven themselves in the indie genre and are definitely a band for anyone interested in indie music.

Suggested Songs:
Do What You Want
– Karibu
Feel It 

Arre! Arre!
While looking through music blogs on wordpress I came across Spotinews and their post about Arre! Arre!’s latest album A.T.T.A.C.K. Although I’ve never been a massive fan of punk music, I have recently started to listen to it more, especially punk-rock, after seeing Patent Pending and Zebrahead live in London a few weeks ago. So I thought why not and gave A.T.T.A.C.K a listen to.

Arre! Arre! are an all female swedish surf/rock/riot punk band and this clearly comes across in their music. The band successfully captures the mood of each sub-genre (surf, rock and riot) throughout their album A.T.T.A.C.K, with songs like A.T.T.A.C.K and Soft Ice-Cream On the Beach making you feel as if you’re “riding a wave”, while Fight the System and Society take on more of an “agenda” and questions what society dictates.

Although Arre! Arre! might be different to your mainstream punk-rock, they are definitely worth a listen to, even if that’s just so you can daydream about surfing in Orange County…

Suggested Songs:
Fight the System

Dear Rogue
This next band was also recommend by another music blogger, HitNexus. HitNexus have a tagline of “introducing your new favourite songs” and I think it fits their blog well. They regularly share their favourite songs and after coming across their share of Dear Rogue’s Best Look Lately, the song quickly became one of my favourites this week.

Dear Rogue are a Canadian alternative/dance/synth rock duo that mix powerful vocals with electronic elements and traditional rock, to create good mainstream music. Songs like Back To Gold and Kids Wanna Know emphasise the bands abilities to create upbeat, catchy dance-rock, whereas songs like Tongues focus on more traditional alternative-rock.

Dear Rogue are a band that is easy to listen to and suits to fans of pop and mainstream rock music.

Suggested Songs:
Best Look Lately
Thinking About You

Unlike the other bands, I didn’t find Firstborn through someone else’s blog. I’ve recently started using Twitter properly (@pieces_of_time) and I was followed by someone (@joaragnarsson) who I believe to be in or close to the band. They were sharing Firstborn’s latest music video (The Last Fix) so I gave it a watch and I’m glad I did.

Firstborn are a Swedish metal band self-proclaimed to sound like “if A7X (Avenged Sevenfold) & BFMV (Bullet for my Valentine) had a baby”. Although I may not necessarily agree with that classification, they do produce good music. Currently a DIY (do it yourself) band, Firstborn are promoting and producing their own music and recently toured the UK during the summer.

With a varying degree of “heaviness” in terms of both vocalisation and sound, Firstborn can efficiently flit between softer songs like Last Fix, to heavier songs like Bullshit Mentality and Seminar.

Although Firstborn appear to be relatively unknown, they are deserving of much more appreciation in the metal scene.

Suggested Songs:
Last Fix
For Our Souls 
Where Is Your Home?

The last artist in this week’s New Music Discovery highlights the power of advertising. I started listening to Brolin after hearing snippets of their work in a Spotify ad they were running and immediately started listening to them.

Brolin is an electro-pop artist who creates easy listening, laid-back and relaxing music that can be enjoyed in a number of environments from contemporary bars to driving to just chilling out at home. Songs like NYC and Koln are relatively slow tempo which allow for a calm easy listen, where as Swim Deep and Kingston are more upbeat.

If you’re looking for an easy, relaxing listen, then Brolin is definitely someone to check out.

Suggested Songs:
Swim Deep
Need You

This week really highlights the diversity of my music tastes. I’ve been listening to a mixture of indie, alternative/dance/synth rock, electro pop, metal and surf/rock/riot punk, so there should be something for everyone in this week’s New Music Discovery. If you didn’t find anything you liked though, there is always next week!

Which new bands/artists have you come across this week? Let me know on Twitter @pieces_of_time