Monday, May 7, 2018

New Music From Indie-Artists Strung Out, Street Dogs, Knee High Fox And Umbra & The Volcan Siege

American punk band Strung Out have been a part of the California music scene for almost three decades. Their last full-length studio album "Transmission. Alpha. Delta" was the highest charting album of their career, but they felt like they lost a connection to their roots. So, the band decided to go back to a stripped-down sound on their new acoustic EP, "Black Out The Sky." It features eight tracks (six brand new songs and two reworked songs), beginning with what may be a surprise to fans as they slow down for melodic tones of "The Architect." Strung Out quicken the pace on the title-song "Black Out The Sky" as you can really appreciate the structure and talents that the band pour into their music, as with "Town Of Corazon." The album closes with the band re-imaging their 1998 song "Matchbox" and the wonderful harmonies of "Presidio." To find out more about Strung Out and their latest release "Black Out The Sky," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/strungout.

From the streets of Beantown comes the new album from the Boston punk-rock band, Street Dogs titled "Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing." The new release will be available on June 22nd through Century Media and contains 11-tracks of quick moving, high energy anthems, beginning with the title song, which is a rally cry for the working man. They continue with the empowerment of "The Comeback Zone" and add a little Irish flair to the edginess of "These Ain't The Old Days." Street Dogs raise the energy up another level with the punk like fury of "Working Class Heroes," before wrapping up their latest album with the pounding rhythm of "Never Above You, Never Below You" and a cover of the Rolling Stones' song "Torn And Frayed." To find out more about the Street Dogs and their latest release "Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/streetdogs.

Next, from Los Angeles, comes the full-length debut album from Knee High Fox. The new release titled "Jawbreaker" features eight, electronic rock tracks, beginning with the quick, pulsating beats of "Witch" as you simply get drawn into the iconic vocals of singer Krsy Fox. She spurts out lyrics like a rapper during "Those Girls" and also showcases her pop side, as she works the dance beats like an expert. Knee High Fox display the raw, punk-like edginess of the title-song "Jawbreaker" and "Ladylike," as Krsy screams the chorus, before returning back to the pop world of "Peephole," along with her cover of "Lovefool." To find out more about Knee High Fox and their latest release "Jawbreaker," please visit kneehighfox.com.


Finally from Chicago comes the return of the psychedelic/rock band Umbra & The Volcan Siege with their new album "Someone Will Love You But It's Just Not Me." It features 13-tracks, beginning with the passionate, alternative rocker "Gotta Get It" and the orchestral instrumental backdrop of "Coronal Mass Ejection." The band continues with the mellow, spaced-out tones of "Nosheka" and the fuzzed-out, psych-rock of "The Golden Sea." Umbra & The Volcan showcase their bluesier side with their re-imagined cover of The Shangri-Las' "Walking In The Sand" and the grand build-up of "Someone Will Love You," before closing their new release with a grunge-like cover of Bob Dylan's "If Not For You" and the sweeping sounds of "Jamaica." To find out more about Umbra & The Volcan Siege and their latest release "Someone Will Love You But It's Just Not Me," please visit umbraandthevolcansiege.com.

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