Mr. Stress One Releases New LP ‘Sawed Off Kartel’

The rapper, songwriter and producer of hip hop known as Mr. Stress One has released his latest rap LP, “Sawed Off Kartel.” The full-length album contains no fewer than 21 tracks for an approximate total listening time of an hour and 20 minutes. It has been proudly published on the Sawed Off Kartel independent record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Original, gangsta, and packed with the boom-bap the fans have come to expect from the crew, “Sawed Off Kartel” stands as evidence that Mr. Stress One is a force of hip hop to be reckoned with.

Mr. Stress 1 Sawed Off cites as influences Chicano rap music, albums from the Sawed Off Records and Low Profile Records labels, Mr. Shadow, Mr. Sancho, Little Rob, West Coast, funk, and oldies music. Music from Mr. Stress 1, himself, stands on heavy base lines with unique hooks on top of solid rhythms.

“Originally Sawed Off Records started over 20 years ago here in San Diego,” he writes. “It had some of the most talented artists in the Chicano rap game back then. Today they are all music legends and true stars in the game!”

Since that time, Stress 1 has steadily kept the Number-One ranking at ReverbNation in the Latin genre for the entire San Diego area. Considering SD is California’s second-biggest city at nearly twice the size of San Francisco, that’s a gigantic accomplishment.

Speaking of the themes of his music, Mr. Stress 1 says: “Usually people rap about the physical things they have, not about the character they have. They don’t talk about how they’ve conquered and persevered, and made non-believers believe in the craft. Game recognizes game and game recognizes lame – so you cant get away with that certain places…”

Stress 1 has expressed pride in the melodies and instrumentals produced by himself and the other Sawed Off Records producers, describing them as bearing “rap, funk, or oldies sounds with west-coast feels.”

Regarding signing with major labels like UMG and his decision to continue producing as an independent artist, Stress 1 had this to say:

“I have always been an independent artist. Also recruited into representing sawed off records as a free agent in 2015. Due to his presence online recognition and of performing local shows. It related to the same genre as Sawed off Records from the ’90s, that’s when I was ready to finally know that I was ready to release good quality of music. To stay loyal to the name Sawed Off. I’ve built like family relationships like comrades, when I met tons of other talented artists around the world for doing it. Some came and left. I decided to stay independent again and be my own boss. So I kept “Sawed off Kartel” just so I don’t have to sign with the record companies’ labels. I also didn’t feel signing with Universal Music Group was necessary since I have my own domains and online sites that may bring along some traffic to those who love the same genre!”

“Sawed Off Kartel” by Mr. Stress 1 is available online worldwide from over 600 quality digital music retailers now.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Indie crew Rock Bass release third studio album ‘Like the Fish’

The indie-rock group from West Virginia known as Rock Bass have released their newest LP album, “Like the Fish.” It is the third official full length from Rock Bass in a repertoire also including “The Adventures of Space Dog,” “Garbles,” and the seasonal EP, “A Rock Bass Christmas.” Like its predecessors, “Like the Fish” has been proudly published on the Try Catch Records independent music label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Warm, bright, grooving, and packed with the good humor fans have come to expect, “Like the Fish” proves Rock Bass is a name to watch in 2018 and beyond.

Morgantown’s Rock Bass cite as main artistic influences Weezer, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Elvis Costello, and They Might Be Giants. Smooshing these groups together in the imagination arrives at a sonic likeness very close to the Rock Bass experience. They’re fun, clever, danceable, and family-friendly while holding the interest of mature audiences with witty quips, pop-music hooks and undeniable melody lines.

Also adding to the allure of Rock Bass is an almost tangible music expertise running through “Like the Fish” and the rest of their recordings. Every note, beat, measure, harmony and lyric feels and sounds surgically precise, calibrated, balanced, deliberate almost to a fault but ultimately faultless. This makes sense. The band are no greenhorns.

“We have all been playing music since middle school,” writes singer, guitarist Canon Fazenbaker. “All four of us are now in our 30s.”

Nevertheless, Rock Bass – need it be said? Bass like the fish, not like the guitar – have only been together six years. Averaging slightly better than an official release every two years, they’re an active crew with lots of creative energy yet to spend.

Asked to describe the themes and styles of their new record, Fazenbaker writes, “’Like the Fish’ marks a return to our guitar-driven alternative rock roots. Our last album was more experimental. The main lyrical themes throughout the album focus on love, living in the moment, and moving past unexpected adversity.”

Rock Bass are Canon Fazenbaker (vocals / guitar), Kevin Poling (bass), Steve Yokum (drums), and Lee Dunn (guitar / vocals).

Rock Bass has been variously described as “classic indie rock,” “a genuine group” and “a band in motion.” They have also been called “a throwback to a time where thick reverb or booming production was not the goal of the music, a time when the instruments that carry the music and the musicians who carry the instruments were important.”

West Virginia’s Rock Bass have been prominently featured on both WCLG and WOAFM99 radio, as well as on the popular WV Sound and Sonic-Smash Music blogs. Rock Bass also wrote and recorded the theme song for the alternative-rock Allegheny Mountain Radio program, Alternate Transmission.

“Like the Fish” from Rock Bass is available from over 600 quality digital music retailers online worldwide now. Get in early, alt-rock and indie music fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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