Singer/songwriter Seth Adam writes compelling, genuine songs with honest lyrics. The alt-country, rootsy rocker draws comparisons to Counting Crows, Tom Petty, and Son Volt.
His latest studio release, Steel Tempered Pride, delves further into folk, Americana, alt-country, and psychedelic explorations than previous efforts. Not one to rely on trends of popular music, this self described “scrapper” takes a page out of the Lucinda Williams instruction book by performing frequently and writing deeply personal, heartfelt rock & roll songs.
The new record, Steel Tempered Pride, was released on September 24, 2013 and features production credits by David Immerglück, Counting Crows, Camper Van Beethoven) on two tracks - ‘Push And Pull’ and ‘Old Broken Ladder’ (Immerglück also played bass on these tunes). The record also features bass performances by The Alternate Routes’ guitarist, Eric Donnelly (‘New York City Bound’, ‘Troubled Times’) and drum performances by “Ramblin” Rob Heath (Justin Townes Earle, The Madison Square Gardeners) on ‘Old Broken Ladder’ and ‘Push and Pull’. Electric guitars and harmony vocals from Gerry Giaimo, mandolin and harmony vocals and Steve Tobey round out the rest of the tracks on Steel Tempered Pride. We caught up with Seth from his home in New Haven to chat about his all American roots.
Action Camp’s latest project PA finds the duo wading into heavy sonic terrain and coming back with a sound that’s entirely new. Inspired by famous man-made disasters in Pennsylvania’s history, the record blends the intimate experiences, both real and imagined, of the band memebers’ and of those living through a moment when time stood still. The result is an immersive experience in which the grandness of history is made tangible and personal again.
After members Maura Jacob and Bengt Alexsander relocated to Jacob’s home town of Pittsburgh, PA they were inspired to write material about their, at times conflicted, relationship with their new home city. The band’s vision expanded when they became fascinated by stories centered around Pennsylvania disasters, tales that are known well by many growing up in the Rust Belt.
Ultimately, the songs on PA explore an array of subjects, from man’s relationship to industry and to the earth, to the way our work can come to define us, to the struggle to find a place to call home. The duet’s sound is unique, with atmospheric and ghostly tunes. The new single “You Don’t Even Know My Name” is out now on iTunes and the album can be pre-ordered on Bandcamp. We had the opportunity to catch up with Maura from the Steel City to unveil these ghostly subjects.
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Review: Described as “the White Stripes in reverse” When Particles Collide bring back the stunning power of two talents creating great music. Showing the world that it’s not how many musicians you have that’s important but the quality of those you have. The duo setting is big at the moment, and I mean really big… Especially in the States and Europe, Asia has a big take on Americana going on but is more band driven and the UK has a taste for Dance club themes with twists of R’n’B and folk. And so we see that When Particles Collide actually have a HUGE audience just waiting to sink their teeth into what they do. Now let’s just focus on the duo angle for a moment. We have a fella and a lass coming together to make music. The imagery in ones mind instantly assumes a romantic theme. The pair even suit each other visually! And so we (without knowing) have taken an interest, and curiosity lights a path to discovery. In other words… Chase ‘em down and listen!
Marshall, Red and Rocco may sound like fictional characters, but in reality, they are the masterminds behind Nashville-based classic rock influenced pop band Telegraph. After four years as Northern Virginia pop/rock quartet, Sing Me Insomnia, brothers Marshall (vocals) and Red Cunningham (guitar/vocals), along with best friend Wes “Rocco” Beale (bass/vocals) found themselves relocating to Nashville and relaunching as Telegraph.
With epic guitar solos, falsetto vocals, and catching melodies, Telegraph craft something unique yet familiar, and overall undeniably fun. Drawing from 70/80s rock icons, Van Halen, Def Leppard, and Guns ‘n Roses, to current pop stars such as One Direction, Katy Perry, and Kelly Clarkson, Telegraph blend classic rock power and craftsmanship with modern pop production and energy. Their infectious songs earned them one of four prime spots in Belmont’s Rock Showcase, creating anticipation for their debut EP to be released in early 2014. The music video for the title track “Rewind,” is already earning buzz online, with its perfect mix of nostalgia and pop culture causing viewers to obey the lyrics and hit rewind again and again.
With backgrounds in music and performance ranging from self - taught to classical and theater to conservatory training, Stroamata translate their skills into an edgy sound. Stroamata has been coming into their own absorbing new vibes and inspiration since their start in 2008. Originally backing MCs and performing as a triphop/psychedelic soul band in Boston, MA Stroamata delved into writing original material with an indie rock edge when Dorothy (Dara) Eagle (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) joined Robert (Rob) Morrison (lead guitar, vocals), Akil Marshall (bass), and Alexander Markowitz (drums/backing vocals).
After releasing their EP The Phoenix in 2010, the quartet made the move to New York in 2011, continuing to gig heavily at notable venues, such as The Bowery Electric (NY), TT the Bear’s (Boston), and Church (Boston). Stroamata began releasing monthly singles starting in 2012 catching the attention of fans and press alike, receiving an Harpoon Brewery’s “Best Unfiltered Band.” The future holds an upwards trajectory as Stroamata continues to innovate their sound and audiences revel in the band’s newest single, “Dollar”.
Starting at the age 4, ethereal renaissance pop songstress and multi-instrumentalist Kristin Hoffmann began building a prolific career that reads like a lifetime achievement award speech. In addition to stints at major records labels and song placements on hit TV shows like Dawson’s Creek and Palmetto Pointe, she has shared stages with The Wallflowers, Fiest, Brandi Carlile and many other musical luminaries. With a strong sense of artistic altruism, she is most passionate about projects that explore music’s heading power and allow listeners to tap into their potentials.
With influences ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to Sigur Ros to Annie Lennox, Kristin Hoffmann makes poised, expressive, and powerful music that penetrates the intellectual and spiritual sides of art. Her forthcoming EP, The Human Compass: New Directions, blends undertones of classical music, angelic vocals harmonies, and electronic percussion into an ethereal Renaissance pop sound.
A perfect example of the records’s genre-fusing juxtaposition of the natural and the synthetic, the new single, “Ghosts”, contrasts raw, breathy vocal lines with robotic, echoey responses and layers of warm piano tones are pitted against industrial sounds with broken percussion patterns. Look out for the new EP, The Human Compass: New Directions, out in March 2014.
Review: Take a second… Or a few. What does it take for someone to feel the need to sing? And again what does it take for them to follow that need further to actually do it? And lastly, how does one become their own musician and songwriter? From big band days to those of thought and solo acoustic intimacy… Keeton Coffman is a man who can and will open his heart to tell you these things. Not only through interviews and straight talking of his travels through music but from the words and dynamics within his music as well. There is a sincere honesty within his volume and tone of voice and this holds you to the melodies he accompanies with. To see a soul played across acoustic strings is always a treat, but to see it done well is a privilege. Further more, to see the performer lost in the music as you are in their performance is a shared, beautiful experience. It is a true sign of the mutual love and need of the art and celebration of its form.
I found myself mystified within moments of watching Keeton begin to play, for a second the music didn’t really matter as he moved with his sounds. When my ears surpassed the visual hypnosis of his performance and I cross referenced his recordings I took note of the greater talent he holds within.The man has a sincere talent for word play. All the hooks and structure to that you would find in the folk/pop genre but with the relative decorative precision of the poetic greats such as Burns and Shelly. There is no no call confusion between what sounds good to say and what is meant to be said but simply the talent of saying what is needed well.
Why is this important? Because it creates a greater bond between the artist and audience, it develops a relationship what will ensure growth and interest. And you know where you (as the listener) stand in your shared world of music with the artist.
I feel as though Keeton’s words are ones that will stand with the audience for their days to come rather than the throw away ramblings of current hits in the same genre. But there is a more charming aspect of the man’s words and music.Though there is great finesse and talent in his writing, singing and playing along with the captivating power of his live performance… It has a raw edge. An almost intentional scuff upon his well polished talent. It is Emotion.This edge not only makes him more relatable but introduces a proud factor of “this is who I am!” And this ladies and gentlemen holds the key to true musicianship as allowing that edge shows a humanity rather than an ego. This is not a man set out to play to take in thousands of dollars but a man who plays to reach as much as one person. For the soul and passion. I will happily state that this isn’t my usual type of review… Keeton Coffman was not something I expected to find. I sat, I watched and I listened.
This is ultimately what I found… A man with his ear to the pulse of an art forms whilst raising and nurturing his own. So please, take a second… Or a few to discover a man who songs as we all should… From within. His new EP Stumble On Love is out now and available on for download on iTunes.