Z-Sides release flagship album ‘Ad Infinitum’

The Bay Area indie heroes known as Z-Sides have released their new LP powerhouse, “Ad Infinitum.”

Like the rest of the Z-Sides repertoire, the full-length record has been proudly published as an independent release without the direction or support of the corporate music industry. Raw and unpolished, yet sparkling like an uncut diamond on an exotic shore, “Ad Infinitum” takes its place among the great works of subculture art and proves that Z-Sides are keeping indie rock relevant in 2017 and beyond.

A sneak preview of the record has been made available at the Z-Sides official BandCamp page here: https://z-sides.bandcamp.com/album/ad-infinitum.

Z-Sides cite as influences ’90s mainstays like My Bloody Valentine,Yo La Tengo, Teenage Fanclub and Wilco, but also less intuitive picks like U2, REM, Rush, Dream Theater, and Yes. Their sound is organic, cruising, sometimes driving and aggressive, other times narrative and rolling in the groove. Fans of records like “More Fun in the New World” by X and “Bee Thousand” by Guided by Voices will find a rare treat in “Ad Infinitum,” while new kids to the sound will find it growing on them until the realization sinks in – music like this is why people stopped listening to the radio.

Tracks of particular note include power-pop opening track, “Fortune Hunter,” surprising acoustic roller, “Something Begun,” and the back-to-back pairing of “Non-Plussed” and “Paper Thin,” the chunky, bassy grooves of which dovetail together nicely. “Good Thing Going” is slated to be one of those crowd pleasers Z-Sides will play near the end of their set for a strong finish, while the uber fuzz and telephoned vocals of “One Small Person” showcase primary songwriter Lane Pianta’s fearless creativity.

For Pianta, the quality of these songs comes from equal parts earnestness and hard work.

“At its best, I think music can be the most life-affirming of all the arts,” he writes, “but it’s also one of the most demanding. Sometimes it seems as if, for every grace note, a pound of flesh will be required. So, I think it’s important to try to put something forward that gives listeners a genuine glimpse into who we are as people trying to make our way in the 21st century.”

The audible humanity of “Ad Infinitum” isn’t the only element setting Z-Sides apart from the legions of me-too music groups, but it might be the most endearing. Besides a tone that can be reminiscent of Fugazi’s mellower moments while evoking thoughts of fringe punk bands like Husker Du and 7 Seconds, Z-Sides’ new record sports verve, passion, narrative and even bits of philosophy.

“Making music this way is not the normal thing,” says Pianta, “but if you hope to make something extraordinary, you can’t conform to everyday expectations. You have to push yourself into unfamiliar territory at some point in each song, or else it’s hardly worth the effort of putting an album together at all. If you’re not a little uncomfortable with some of the truths you’re expressing about yourself, you may not be expressing quite enough.”

Z-Sides are Lane Pianta, Joe Rubio, and Steve Chait. In addition to their considerable talents, “Ad Infinitum” also features arresting performances by cellist Michelle Kwon. Studio production is by Angelo Rossi of the Cave Studios in Mountain View, CA, with mastering by Vince Hudson.

“Ad Infinitum” by Z-Sides is available at over 700 online music stores worldwide beginning 30 December 2016, or from their official BandCamp page now. Get in early, indie rock, post-punk and power pop fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“Ad Infinitum” by Z-Sides –

https://www.amazon.com/Ad-Infinitum-Explicit-Z-Sides/dp/B01NAS0ATA/
https://z-sides.bandcamp.com/album/ad-infinitum

Official Z-Sides Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/we.are.z.sides/

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Z-Sides release flagship album ‘Ad Infinitum’

The Bay Area indie heroes known as Z-Sides have released their new LP powerhouse, “Ad Infinitum.”

Like the rest of the Z-Sides repertoire, the full-length record has been proudly published as an independent release without the direction or support of the corporate music industry. Raw and unpolished, yet sparkling like an uncut diamond on an exotic shore, “Ad Infinitum” takes its place among the great works of subculture art and proves that Z-Sides are keeping indie rock relevant in 2017 and beyond.

A sneak preview of the record has been made available at the Z-Sides official BandCamp page here: https://z-sides.bandcamp.com/album/ad-infinitum.

Z-Sides cite as influences ’90s mainstays like My Bloody Valentine,Yo La Tengo, Teenage Fanclub and Wilco, but also less intuitive picks like U2, REM, Rush, Dream Theater, and Yes. Their sound is organic, cruising, sometimes driving and aggressive, other times narrative and rolling in the groove. Fans of records like “More Fun in the New World” by X and “Bee Thousand” by Guided by Voices will find a rare treat in “Ad Infinitum,” while new kids to the sound will find it growing on them until the realization sinks in – music like this is why people stopped listening to the radio.

Tracks of particular note include power-pop opening track, “Fortune Hunter,” surprising acoustic roller, “Something Begun,” and the back-to-back pairing of “Non-Plussed” and “Paper Thin,” the chunky, bassy grooves of which dovetail together nicely. “Good Thing Going” is slated to be one of those crowd pleasers Z-Sides will play near the end of their set for a strong finish, while the uber fuzz and telephoned vocals of “One Small Person” showcase primary songwriter Lane Pianta’s fearless creativity.

For Pianta, the quality of these songs comes from equal parts earnestness and hard work.

“At its best, I think music can be the most life-affirming of all the arts,” he writes, “but it’s also one of the most demanding. Sometimes it seems as if, for every grace note, a pound of flesh will be required. So, I think it’s important to try to put something forward that gives listeners a genuine glimpse into who we are as people trying to make our way in the 21st century.”

The audible humanity of “Ad Infinitum” isn’t the only element setting Z-Sides apart from the legions of me-too music groups, but it might be the most endearing. Besides a tone that can be reminiscent of Fugazi’s mellower moments while evoking thoughts of fringe punk bands like Husker Du and 7 Seconds, Z-Sides’ new record sports verve, passion, narrative and even bits of philosophy.

“Making music this way is not the normal thing,” says Pianta, “but if you hope to make something extraordinary, you can’t conform to everyday expectations. You have to push yourself into unfamiliar territory at some point in each song, or else it’s hardly worth the effort of putting an album together at all. If you’re not a little uncomfortable with some of the truths you’re expressing about yourself, you may not be expressing quite enough.”

Z-Sides are Lane Pianta, Joe Rubio, and Steve Chait. In addition to their considerable talents, “Ad Infinitum” also features arresting performances by cellist Michelle Kwon. Studio production is by Angelo Rossi of the Cave Studios in Mountain View, CA, with mastering by Vince Hudson.

“Ad Infinitum” by Z-Sides is available at over 700 online music stores worldwide beginning 30 December 2016, or from their official BandCamp page now. Get in early, indie rock, post-punk and power pop fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“Ad Infinitum” by Z-Sides –

https://www.amazon.com/Ad-Infinitum-Explicit-Z-Sides/dp/B01NAS0ATA/
https://z-sides.bandcamp.com/album/ad-infinitum

Official Z-Sides Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/we.are.z.sides/

Hip-Hop Artist Bob J.r. Releases New E.P., “Real Hip-Hop”

Bay area hip-hop artist, Bob J.r., has released the first EP in his Truth Music movement, “Real Hip-Hop.”

Bob J.r.

California Bay area hip-hop artist Bob J.r. has released an EP titled “Real Hip-Hop,” his first officially published album. The EP primarily features Bob J.r.'s vocals, lyrics, and orchestration as a contemporary example of the Berkeley hip-hop sound, and solidifies his claim to the local mainstream.

Far from the typical beats and cliched chord progressions of contemporary top-40 hip-hop, Bob J.r.'s “Real Hip-Hop” is a fresh, honest treatment of the genre's roots, utilizing classic rhythm patterns and minimal background fill, a style with the space and deep groove of nineties hip-hop that also manages to sound raw, edgy, and modern.

A musical autodidact, Bob J.r. taught himself to play the drums while growing up in Oakland, California, as Bobby Nathaniel Hamilton Jr. His first live performances were for the congregation at his family church, which he played at the age of ten to much acclaim and encouragement, but it was in secular hip-hop that Bob found his musical inspiration.

High school found him collaborating with friends on live instruments such as a snare drum, saxophone, trombone, and bass guitar (occasionally onstage) and rather than attending classes, he soon found a home on the UC Berkeley campus where he could experiment with lyrics and refine his freestyle-rap technique. He began to produce, engineer, and record his own tracks on an old Casio keyboard with an audio cassette input.

From the beginning, Bob has always emphasized the importance of truth in lyrics, which is part of his “Truth Music” philosophy. Bob says of this, “We have to change the format of hip hop and talk about real life situations. The time has come for the younger generation get some kind of structure and guidance.”

Bob J.r.'s EP, “Real Hip-Hop,” is available online now.

The EP “Real Hip-Hop” is distributed globally by MondoTunes (www.MondoTunes.com) and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

Phone – 209-688-6745

eMail – hmisterbob@aol.com

website – http://www.reverbnation.com/bobjr

 

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