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Music Review: Numbers Don’t Count – I’ll Be There

Music Review: Numbers Don’t Count – I’ll Be There

Let me start by saying that it is so refreshing to know that there are still bands out in the world creating really good music and Numbers Don’t Count is one of those bands. The stuff on the radio cannot compare to what can be found online and we are really happy to be featuring Number Don’t Count’s newest single “I’ll Be There” this week.

I’ll be there is completely playful, lively, and reminiscent of a 60’s rock song made for the future. According to what we learned about the Berlin duo band and song, this is another COVID baby, meaning it was a tune that was made during the lockdowns. It’s crazy to think how many great songs came out of sitting alone at home but although it was made at home it was recorded in Berlin’s underground studio called The Famous Gold Watch. If you’re looking for a song to make you dance with friends and something to get out of your head, this will do!

You will like Numbers Don’t Count if you are into the earlier days of Hot Hot Heat, The Bravery, or maybe even Franz Ferdinand.

Listen to Numbers Don’t Count single “I’ll Be There” below or give it a full listen on our Unseen Alternative Playlist:

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Music Review: Daria and the Hip Drops – Soul of the Summer

Music Review: Daria and the Hip Drops – Soul of the Summer

Although we’re getting into the fall, Daria and the Hip Drops latest single “Soul of the Summer” is a track for any season. A New Orleans based band lead by Daria Dzurik, Soul of the Summer came together during the Pandemic with much intent and collaboration. According to Daria, after being depressed for 2 years and having a hard time with opening back up, she became inspired to write the lyrics to the song by reading poetry by Shel Silverstein. In case you don’t know who that is, Shel is the author of books such as The Giving Tree and Falling Up but also wrote some pretty great poetry. This might explain why Soul of the Summer is truly vibrant and full of color. To come from such a dark time and place, this song is absolutely wonderful and we hope to hear more authentically made music from Daria and the Hip Drops in the future.

Great band to listen to if you’re into: No Doubt or Pink.

Listen to Daria and the Hip Drops single “Soul of the Summer” below or give it a full listen on our Alternative Spotify Playlist:

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Music Review: The Band Ice Cream – Chemical Fire

Music Review: The Band Ice Cream – Chemical Fire

With such an unusual band name we really hope to do an interview with The Band Ice Cream in the future! We have so many questions about this garage/punk band from San Francisco, CA but in the meantime we wanna talk about one of their latest single called “Chemical Fire”. A humorous synth beginning followed by spooky lyrics and killer guitar tones about life and death. Although we aren’t 100 percent sure what the song is about, we know that dying in a chemical fire would be hard for anyone to move on from and we really think this song is great for anyone that needs to smile again after losing someone close. An enjoyable song from a band that’s been around for some time now, we hope you give them a listen.

Listen to The Band Ice Cream’s single “Chemical Fire” below or give it a full listen on our Alternative Spotify Playlist:

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Music Interview with Dirty Modal Souls

Music Interview with Dirty Modal Souls

UP: How’s it going? Welcome to the UP fam! Happy to have you with us today. Let’s start off with getting to know you better. Tell us a bit about the band. Where are you guys from? What are the band mate names? How long have you guys been together? And what is your music all about? What’s the meaning behind the band name, if any?

Dirty Modal Souls: Yeah it’s going good thanks. Well, we’re Dirty Modal Souls, a 3 piece Brit-Grunge band from Medway. We got Bex “the Beatle” Howarth on bass and backing, El Beau Williams on drums and backing
And Jethro Scott on guitar and lead vocals. We’ve been playing for almost 3 years now and only about 7 months with El Beau. The music’s music man, just wanted to write tunes that the people can sing along or move to, trying to spread peace and love by being an outlet for some anger y’know? The name is a combination of our individual styles,
Jethro is a filthy grunger. Bex is a theory wizard. Our first drummer daisy was a Motown, funk, and soul fan Hence Dirty Modal Souls.

UP: Every song has a story. Can you tell us more about your latest single “What The Word?”? This song is killer, it reminds us of Nirvana.

Dirty Modal Souls: We recorded this at the Albion rooms which is the Libertines studio in Margate with our friend Jason Stafford as our producer, we recorded 4 songs in total, but only planned to do 3. While Jason was out we just started jamming. By the time Jason walked back in we’d just finished writing this new track, as he’s walking past us he says “ah man, that sounds pretty tight, let’s record that!” And that’s it, man, we used a handful of lyrics I’d been playing around with and wrote the rest on the spot.

UP: What other releases do you have and which songs do you recommend for new listeners?

Dirty Modal Souls: We’ve got 3 more planned, but we’ll keep them a surprise for now, but if you thought “what’s the word?” Is killer then you’re gonna love what’s coming next.

UP: Tell us about a time the band ran into some troublesome experiences either at a show, on the road, or even in the studio and how did you get through it?

Dirty Modal Souls: Troubles what you make it y’know? We just roll with the punches. If there’s a problem we’ll solve it and if we don’t we don’t. Is what it is.

UP: Does the band have any rituals or “things you do” to get into the flow of creating music? And where do you guys jam out to write some songs?

Dirty Modal Souls: Usually I write the songs at home, I’ll then go to Bex and we’ll edit it together, then take it to practice and let El Beau work their magic with the beats. Nothing crazy y’know.

UP: Random question time! What would you do or say to someone who was tailgating you for some time on the road?

Dirty Modal Souls: Ever heard the term “brake check”?

UP: Lastly, what’s the best place to check out your music and learn more about Dirty Modal Souls?

Dirty Modal Souls: At a gig, come down and get messy with us, love meeting new people, if we’re too far, tell us where you are and we’ll be there for sure!

Listen to Dirty Modal Sounds on Spotify – click here.

Music Review: Fox Paw – Here We Go Again

Music Review: Fox Paw – Here We Go Again

Today we would like to introduce you to an Alternative Rock band from Omaha, Nebraska called Fox Paw. This band’s latest single “Here We Go Again” is ready for anyone’s alternative or even pop-punk playlist. The song starts with a great guitar lead and keeps us hooked on that same energy till the end! The lyrics are straightforward and the vocals lead us through a story of unfulfilled dreams. Not many of us are living the lives we would want and we think this song can be a wake-up call to live our dreams instead of dragging ourselves out of bed for a raise that ultimately will not matter in the end. Overall, we loved the theme and upbeat nature of this track and with only three singles released by the band, we can’t wait to see them put together an EP or full album in the future.

Great band for those that enjoy listening to Jimmy Eats World and Every Avenue.

Listen to Fox Paw’s new single “Here We Go Again” below or give it a full listen on our Alternative Spotify Playlist with more artist just like Fox Paw:

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Music Interview with Howling at the Earth

Music Interview with Howling at the Earth

UP: What is up?! We’re glad you are with us today and doing this interview. We heard your latest single called “Howling at the Earth” and we thought, we gotta have this guy come through to UP. So welcome to the family. Moving on! Tell us about your music and how you got started. What is your story?

Wayne: Hi! Thanks for having me! I appreciate what you’re doing, taking smaller artists and giving them more of a voice. I started playing guitar when I was 10 years old because of an anime called “Fooly Cooley” (FLCL). It was this weird coming-of-age story about a boy with robots and such coming out of his head and people using guitars and such as weapons. Somewhere in my 10-year-old boy’s mind, this all made sense to me. The show feels like an ADHD fever dream but somewhere through the chaos and madness was a familiarity that resonated with me, maybe because I have been learning how to cope and live with ADHD and the chaos and madness of everyday mundane life. Even though so much is going on in the show, music was a very intricate part of it and the soundtrack done by the Pillows brought it all together. This initially got me into music but once I started it was kind of like it completely manifested itself into my life. It was the first thing that I ever truly felt pride in myself for and I just kept improving which made me want to keep doing it. I got my first residency at a local café in my hometown when I was 16 and that allowed me to really start to find and identify myself as a full-time musician and what that means.

UP: Listening to your newest single and entire EP titled “Second Wave” you have a great sound that we enjoy. What genre do you think you fall into and what were your influences and inspirations for this new EP?

Wayne: Howling at the Earth is like the journal of my life and my musical journey so it’s been a little hard for me to nail down a genre because I hear different sounds in different life events and how I interpret them, but I think a lot of my songs could fit into the alternative indie rock category. For “Second Wave” in particular I was listening to Tiny Moving Parts, Coheed and Cambria, The Pillows, and Movements. I think you can hear a little bit of all of those bands in these songs.

UP: Going back to your single titled Gaslight, can you tell us what the song is about? And how did you come about writing this particular song?

Wayne: Gas Light started with the main riff you hear in the intro. I had a few ideas and guitar riffs recorded at this time but didn’t decide I was going to release an EP until I had the bones of this song finished. During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic when we were all quarantined inside, it gave me a lot of time to not only self-reflect but digest my self-reflections and my interactions with people and how their, and my actions intertwined, so when it came to writing lyrics I had plenty to say but it didn’t all come together for this particular song until a friend of mine came to me about a fight they recently had with their partner where they felt they were being gaslit. When you gaslight someone you make them doubt their judgment about certain scenarios, so when other similar circumstances occur they can completely avoid all responsibility that said event ever happened. Hearing their experience made me reflect on my own experience with people in my life that made me doubt certain events or even my capabilities to do certain tasks that somewhere in me I knew didn’t add up. So I chose lyrics to reflect my autonomy as a person and a musician, especially during a time when everything was so uncertain, above all else I needed to regain belief in myself.

UP: What are your thoughts about this new music strategy where artists write new music and release a single every 2-4 weeks on Spotify? Can you see yourself doing something like this? Or are you just into releasing an EP/ALBUM every 6 months to a year? Tell us your thoughts.

Wayne: I think it depends on the release strategy. If you’re releasing an album with a compilation of songs that have no real connection to each other, then releasing them in an episodic way to showcase each song independently is totally acceptable. I also think there’s something to be said for concept albums too. One of my favorite bands is Coheed and Cambria and just about every album is one big story. Recently I completely caught up with the story to date and then I listened to the album that corresponds with the story in its entirety and it was a completely different listening experience. For artists trying to gain traction and stay relevant releasing singles rather than albums is a good way to stay relevant but I also think doing so strictly to stay relevant and not for the sake of giving something you worked hard on and believe in the attention it deserves can do your work more harm than good. I think both strategies can be effective but it depends on what the overall message is.

UP: Where do you think your music will take you in the future?

Wayne: Music has taken me places I never thought I would ever be, but has also helped me grow and adapt, so I know where ever I end up I’m probably not going to see it coming, but I hope it brings me to like-minded people and closer to some form of peace with the occasional curve ball here and there to keep it interesting.

UP: We like to throw a random question at the end! What’s your favorite food and what song on your playlist would pair well with this particular food?

Wayne: I love Indian food! Lately, I’ve been ordering the Saag Paneer. Hmmm if I had to choose a song that would go with that, off the top of my head it would have to be Evagria the Faithful by Coheed and Cambria

UP: Lastly, what’s the best place to check out your music and learn more about Howling at the Earth?

Wayne: All of my music is on Spotify and Apple Music, and most streaming services in general under Howling at the Earth. You can check out my website at howlingearthmusic.com and I’m pretty active on Instagram and most other social media at @howlingattheearth.