Alt- rocker Michael Snellings releases new EP ‘To Be Determined’

The singer and songwriter of alternative rock music known as Michael Snellings has released his new EP album, “To Be Determined.” The record contains four original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes. It is being proudly published as an independent release without the financial or managerial support of the corporate music industry. Written with the creativity of the alt-rock movement and played with the exceptional skill of the classic-rock guitarists, “To Be Determined” is a lo-fi dose of sonic adrenaline fans of pure alternative rock shouldn’t miss.

Michael Snellings cites as main artistic influences a broad swath of different artists.

“Every single well-played artist from the 1940s to present has had a huge influence on me,” Snellings writes. “From the crooners to BB King to John Denver to Black Sabbath to Radiohead to Slash … Most of my guitar influences are from the great guitarists of the classic-rock era. But a few modern guys slip in.”

Snellings has found much popularity making his music available to listeners online.

“With the advent of YouTube,” he writes, “suddenly I became more of an influencer than the influenced. Go figure.”

Fans of the Los Angeles punk rock sound will find the raw power of Snelling’s album to their liking. Those more interested in guitar chops will also appreciate his obvious talent and precision. Music fans with an interest in songwriting will note that “To Be Determined,” largely autobiographical, is a work of rock composition that manages to be catchy, fluid and memorable without being predictable or derivative at all.

“To Be Determined” isn’t Snellings’ first release, but he isn’t interested in his old material these days. He writes of this, “I’ve taken [the old albums] down because I had problems with a previous distributor so you can’t find ’em. Some inconsequential mishmash of stuff that isn’t worth mentioning.”

Snellings began his music career singing solos in the family church and playing guitar by ear. He rehearsed for hours, fingers blistering and sometimes even bleeding. Years later, in the military, he formed “barracks bands” and kept up his chops. Not satisfied with what he could do as an autodidact, he eventually went to college for music theory. He performed on guitar and as a vocalist in several musical theater productions before dedicating himself to writing and recording in the studio.

Today, Michael Snellings is a self-described “semi-famous social media musician” who has described his considerable and enthusiastic fan base as “Thousands of people across the planet listening not only to my music but my inane ramblings as well.”

“Come join me in my world of wild ‘n’ Crazy Ponies and Suicidal Squirrels,” writes Snellings of his latest album, “where you’ll find both Poodle Boys and Sparkly. Eyed. Girls.”

“To Be Determined” by Michael Snellings is available online worldwide beginning 7 November 2015.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“To Be Determined” by Michael Snellings –
http://www.amazon.com/Be-Determined-EP-Michael-Snellings/dp/B016L5AS1I/
Website –

www.youtube.com/michaelsnellings

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Halo Minor release new EP ‘Further-Now You’re Close’

The post-grunge, alternative-rock group from Minneapolis called Halo Minor have released their new EP album, “Further-Now You’re Close.” The record contains six original tracks for an approximate total listening time approaching half an hour. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Melodic and orchestral, thrumming and soaring, passionate and a little dark, “Further-Now You’re Close” by Halo Minor mustn’t be missed be fans of alt-rock and the grunge tradition.

Halo Minor cite as chief influences Queen, the Smashing Pumpkins, Pink Floyd, Failure, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Tool, the National, Sia Furler (Crisp), the Cure, and the Mars Volta.

Some Halo Minor attributes can be directly traced to these inspirations, yet they bear the creative twists of HM, themselves. Their towering vocal harmonies recall those of Alice in Chains but with a surprisingly affirming, choral character rather than the cynical delivery of Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell. The Pumpkins-esque guitars on “Further…” (of which there seem to be a thousand) come in warm waves and reverberate from all directions, roaring, rushing, plunging and charging.

Songwriting plays a key role in the achievement that is “Further-Now You’re Close” by Halo Minor, too, particularly in the instrumental composition of each track. Ignoring for a moment its exceptional vocals, the EP could easily give listeners enough to chew on with just its evocative chord progressions and startling turns of musical phrase. Taken simply as instrumentals, these songs are highly narrative.

Halo Minor’s vocals – an accomplishment in themselves – supply a large share of HM’s signature sound, though, and their lyrics are satisfyingly deliberate in an age that often rewards the insipid and punishes the thought provoking. If the same above experiment were applied to the vocal tracks on “Further-Now You’re Close,” the result would resemble a haunting yet beautiful choir.

HM’s total personality depends on more, however. Bass lines tell their own story, marrying the guitars to the drums and often sounding somehow heroic when rising above the din. Keyboard phrases appear, filling out the sound in ways one wouldn’t think possible and falling back into the music so subtly that the listener sometimes still hears them after they’ve gone. The percussion of Halo Minor represents a wonder of tasteful aggression, having an almost jazz-like quality in its spaciousness and an explosiveness in its timekeeping, like a remarkably mindful and creative combustion engine.

Naturally, the combination of all the above produces the greatest effect, that of Minnesota’s own Halo Minor.

Halo Minor’s current official bio describes their songs as “sonic descriptors of feelings, people and places left behind; beautiful living memories and yet, due to time, sometimes corrupted like a faded photo, beauty in a state of repose and then reborn from remembrance.”

“Further-Now You’re Close” by Halo Minor is available at over 700 stores online worldwide. Get in early, fans of alt-rock and grunge. Very, very early.

Halo Minor are Blake Nolan Hanson (Floozie, Livid Lover) bassist Kerry Dalton Hanson (Black Flood Diesel, Numm, Atlas Shrugged), keyboard/vocalist Zack Jones, lead guitarist Danny Gan and drummer Devin Tomczik.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

Music here –

http://www.amazon.com/Further-Now-Youre-Close-Halo-Minor/dp/B014JEOULC/

Official website –

www.halominor.com

Halo Minor release new EP ‘Further-Now You’re Close’

The post-grunge, alternative-rock group from Minneapolis called Halo Minor have released their new EP album, “Further-Now You’re Close.” The record contains six original tracks for an approximate total listening time approaching half an hour. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Melodic and orchestral, thrumming and soaring, passionate and a little dark, “Further-Now You’re Close” by Halo Minor mustn’t be missed be fans of alt-rock and the grunge tradition.

Halo Minor cite as chief influences Queen, the Smashing Pumpkins, Pink Floyd, Failure, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Tool, the National, Sia Furler (Crisp), the Cure, and the Mars Volta.

Some Halo Minor attributes can be directly traced to these inspirations, yet they bear the creative twists of HM, themselves. Their towering vocal harmonies recall those of Alice in Chains but with a surprisingly affirming, choral character rather than the cynical delivery of Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell. The Pumpkins-esque guitars on “Further…” (of which there seem to be a thousand) come in warm waves and reverberate from all directions, roaring, rushing, plunging and charging.

Songwriting plays a key role in the achievement that is “Further-Now You’re Close” by Halo Minor, too, particularly in the instrumental composition of each track. Ignoring for a moment its exceptional vocals, the EP could easily give listeners enough to chew on with just its evocative chord progressions and startling turns of musical phrase. Taken simply as instrumentals, these songs are highly narrative.

Halo Minor’s vocals – an accomplishment in themselves – supply a large share of HM’s signature sound, though, and their lyrics are satisfyingly deliberate in an age that often rewards the insipid and punishes the thought provoking. If the same above experiment were applied to the vocal tracks on “Further-Now You’re Close,” the result would resemble a haunting yet beautiful choir.

HM’s total personality depends on more, however. Bass lines tell their own story, marrying the guitars to the drums and often sounding somehow heroic when rising above the din. Keyboard phrases appear, filling out the sound in ways one wouldn’t think possible and falling back into the music so subtly that the listener sometimes still hears them after they’ve gone. The percussion of Halo Minor represents a wonder of tasteful aggression, having an almost jazz-like quality in its spaciousness and an explosiveness in its timekeeping, like a remarkably mindful and creative combustion engine.

Naturally, the combination of all the above produces the greatest effect, that of Minnesota’s own Halo Minor.

Halo Minor’s current official bio describes their songs as “sonic descriptors of feelings, people and places left behind; beautiful living memories and yet, due to time, sometimes corrupted like a faded photo, beauty in a state of repose and then reborn from remembrance.”

“Further-Now You’re Close” by Halo Minor is available at over 700 stores online worldwide. Get in early, fans of alt-rock and grunge. Very, very early.

Halo Minor are Blake Nolan Hanson (Floozie, Livid Lover) bassist Kerry Dalton Hanson (Black Flood Diesel, Numm, Atlas Shrugged), keyboard/vocalist Zack Jones, lead guitarist Danny Gan and drummer Devin Tomczik.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

Music here –

http://www.amazon.com/Further-Now-Youre-Close-Halo-Minor/dp/B014JEOULC/

Official website –

www.halominor.com

Livid Lover releases new LP album ‘Don’t Worry, I’ll Always Love You… and of Course… Mess With Your Head’

The alternative-rock group Livid Lover has released a new LP album, “Don’t Worry, I’ll Always Love You… and of Course… Mess With Your Head.” The full-length record comprises nearly a full hour of highly textured, evocative rock music in 11 original tracks. It has been published as an independent release without the interference of the corporate music industry. Integrating elements of post-grunge, alt-rock, shoegaze and much more, “Don’t Worry, I’ll Always Love You…” from Livid Lover is a expansive, immersive rock experience that any fan of underground rock music can get lost in.

Livid Lover cites as main artistic influences Jeff Buckley, the Cure, Trent Reznor, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, the National, Sia Furler, Teagan and Sara, and Pink Floyd. The sound of “Don’t Worry…” has notable elements of each of these (the operatic composition style of Pink Floyd, the emotional access of Jeff Buckley, and the patient spaciousness of Smashing Pumpkins, for instance) which combines to form a multifaceted whole with moments of both hard and soft extremes.

This makes Livid Lover’s new record hard to nail down, but one of its chief charms is that it doesn’t lend itself well to categorization. Part of this, too, is the earnest and unadorned singing style of singer-songwriter Blake Nolan Hanson (also of Halo Minor). His articulate, yet passionate singing conveys all the meaning with which he has infused his very deliberate lyrics, and does so in tones reminiscent of John Doe (X) Brandon Boyd (Incubus) and Jeff Buckley.

This careful balance results in high-impact, refreshingly unassuming rock music that the listener can take as seriously or casually as he or she may like. It is accessible to nearly everyone who enjoys a good blend of hard and soft, loud and laid-back alternative rock. Like its title, “Don’t Worry, I’ll Always Love You… and of Course… Mess With Your Head” can be as complex or as simple as the music fan prefers. Were it liquor, one could call it smoked cognac, or just rye whiskey.

Asked to comment on the themes of their new record, Hanson writes, “This record has recurring love, loneliness and vulnerability themes. [It’s about] being invisible in and to the world, and how that fact in itself can connect those bold enough to live a loner life trying to improve themselves on a daily basis.”

Some of his music has plenty of personal importance, too. One track in particular could easily have ended in tragedy.

“’Come Away,’” writes Hanson, “started as a suicide pact song a fellow songwriter and I had together that twisted into an anti-suicide song. I strive to be compelling and unique in my writing. I feel it to be very important.”

‘Unique’ (not to say ‘weird’) describes Livid Lover’s sound fairly well – a trick nobody has perfected. Hanson knows this and respects the value of it, too.

“All I’ve learned about the dying music industry I keep in the back of my mind as a silly motivator,” says Hanson. “I’m ever trying to prove wrong the old formulas. I feel I am un-pigeonhole-able and don’t take myself too seriously, but I do make serious efforts to drop jaws with my projects. I try to be epic and write my interpretation of beautiful is what I’m getting at. I feel conformity is the wrong path to walk.”

Livid Lover plays and performs in the Minneapolis area.

“Don’t Worry, I’ll Always Love You… and of Course… Mess With Your Head” by Livid Lover is available beginning Aug. 22, 2015.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“Don’t Worry, I’ll Always Love You… and of Course… Mess With Your Head” by Livid Lover –
http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Worry-Always-Course-Explicit/dp/B013D1CKGO/
Website –

www.lividlover.com

The Invisible Machine releases debut self-titled record ‘The Invisible Machine’

The alternative-rock project known as the Invisible Machine have released their debut self-titled LP album, “The Invisible Machine.” The album comprises ten original songs for an approximate total listening time of 45 minutes, making for a highly textured introduction to this eclectic and powerful alt-rock group in 2015. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the support of the corporate music industry. Driving, soaring, and viscerally evocative, “The Invisible Machine” by the Invisible Machine is a rock record that defines modern alternative rock in chords everyone can appreciate.

The Invisible Machine cite as main artistic influences such titanic groups as Pink Floyd, Queen, Live, and Muse. While these groups may not seem to have many similarities at first glance, on closer inspection their sound dovetails very intuitively, a common thread running through each of them that is very much like the sound and style of the Invisible Machine. Melodic, symphonic, and marked by both incredibly strong songwriting and consistently impressive performances, the “Invisible Machine” LP is a satisfying listen from start to finish.

At the heart of the Invisible Machine’s music are lyrics which describe life, society, and the world as a whole. Asked to describe the overall themes of their first album, the Invisible Machine write:

“Modern society makes us assume roles that sometimes drive us away from our essence and individuality. We are seen as consumers, as workers, as means to an end, but our value as individuals is sometimes overlooked.

“In a city of millions a single person can somehow lose themselves and in order to reach success and security can give up their dreams and the things that made them different from everyone else. The Invisible Machine is that thing that takes humanity from us. The idea of invisibility is connected with how the origin of this process is difficult to put a finger on. This dehumanization is a part of our system, of the economic model, even the way we relate to each other nowadays. It’s become a part of our modern culture.”

The mastermind of the Invisible Machine is Juan Luis Barletti, who wrote each of the album’s songs and also produced the LP. Barletti says the songs on his new record explore the above scenario in terms of individuals.

“Most songs in the album describe characters struggling with this process and trying to find themselves in a place that seems to be taking something away from them,” he writes. “The last two songs question this system and ask whether we can stay true to our essence and defy this invisible machine.”

“The Invisible Machine” by the Invisible Machine is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“The Invisible Machine” by the Invisible Machine –
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-invisible-machine/id990465260
Website –

http://www.reverbnation.com/theinvisiblemachine

Rocker Vin Colella releases new EP ‘ReVolution Street Sessions’

The singer and songwriter of rock music known as Vin Colella has released his latest EP album, “ReVolution Street Sessions.” The EP comprises five original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 15 minutes. It has been proudly published on the Colorfield Media independent record label without the influence of the corporate music industry. Alive with alt-rock verve, blues-driven sonorousness and the heartfelt intensity of contemporary folk rock, “ReVolution Street Sessions” by Vin Colella is a pop-friendly rock record no music fan should miss.

Vin Colella has cited as main artistic influences such masterminds as Cary Brothers, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Lifehouse, and the Goo Goo Dolls. Additionally, his ever-growing, ever-more-loyal fan base often draws comparisons to those of modern folk heroes like Iron & Wine and Ray LaMontagne. Colella’s own style is sure to appeal to fans of any of the above, yet his sound cannot be called derivative – his lyrics, delivery, and natural mode of songwriting are all unique to him alone.

The Vin Colella sound falls into many categories, belonging partially to each of them and to none in particular. Amazon.com categorizes his new “ReVolution Street Sessions” EP variously as folk rock, pop, and adult contemporary all at once, each being as apt as the others in its own way, this sonic elasticity being at the core of Colella’s signature tone.

Already something of an underground sensation, Vin Colella has been turning fan and industry heads since his appearance on the scene in 2007.

“Vin is one of the greatest raw talents I’ve ever witnessed,” says the co-creator of the historic Woodstock Music Festival of ’69, Artie Kornfeld.

Michelle Buckman of Fox News raves, “I thought Vin was perfect for my story but didn’t realize I’d really fall for his music. He really reminds me of one of my favorites, the late, great Jeff Buckley.”

Sound engineer at the Sound Station Studios Wayne C. Davis (Breaking Benjamin, Paramore, My Chemical Romance) calls Colella, “One of the best songwriters I have come across in a very long time.”

Commenting on Vin Colella’s time with former band, V, Davonne R. Armstrong of CampusPhilly.com writes that Colella is “Nothing short of astounding.”

A return to everything that has been great about rock ‘n’ roll since the very beginning, “ReVolution Street Sessions” is an EP with something for everyone and stands as the most recent evidence that Vin Colella is an artist to be watched in 2015 and beyond.

“ReVolution Street Sessions” by Vin Colella becomes available online worldwide 22 May 2015. Get in early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“ReVolution Street Sessions” by Vin Colella –
http://www.amazon.com/Revolution-Street-Sessions-Vin-Colella/dp/B00WFTKX10/
Website –

http://vincolellamusic.com/

Matt Eugene releases new EP ‘Midnight Train’

The singer and songwriter known as Matt Eugene has released his latest EP record, “Midnight Train.” The album comprises five original Eugene tracks for an approximate total listening time of 15 minutes. It has proudly been published as an independent release outside the reach of the corporate music infrastructure. A remarkably evocative and accessible acoustic pop/rock record, Matt Eugene’s “Midnight Train” rolls and grooves with an inertia more powerful than that of many “plugged-in” records.

Canadian-born Matt Eugene cites as main artistic influences such popular musicians as Dallas Green, Ben Folds, Alice in Chains, and the Pixies. From these Eugene takes certain nuances to add to his own unique amalgam, which feels like grunge-inspired alternative rock except warmer, striking the ear more gently and pulling at the hearer with hooks and refrains more native to the pop genre.

Matt Eugene himself describes “Midnight Train” as something more personal than mere classifications, however.

“My album shares an acoustic rock sound reflective of pain we go through in our lives,” he writes, adding also that it comments on what he calls “positive changes in life.”
This is not to say that his “Midnight Train” EP is strictly autobiography. It isn’t.

“I’ve always taken an intimate angle to all my songwriting,” writes Eugene, “and I put a lot of emotion into my songs. I try to write about something everyone can relate to no matter what age or who they are. It pleases me to know I might touch someone with my songs or have some influence on them for a positive change. My life is music and always will be.”

Matt Eugene grew up in the Canadian city of Moncton, New Brunswick. He has written and performed in a great many musical styles, including rock, grunge, funk, metal, roots rock and acoustic folk. After playing in many groups led by himself or by others, he eventually found his way to the modern studio where he could make his music precisely the way he wanted.

His current official bio tells it: “I never really fit in anywhere or did anything everyone else was doing, I just played bass for various bands, guitar, and sang. I tried having my own bands a few times, but I found the easiest way to do something is to do it yourself. I’m pretty flexible, but a lot of musicians and friends just didn’t have the drive and compassion for it that I did – I mean, to make it really work – and stick together.”

It’s not that Eugene has simply decided to record on his own, either, but rather that technology has made it possible.

“I’m happy my fans can finally access my music in this digital age,” Eugene writes. “The industry has changed so much; I remember getting rejected by a major label in the ’90s, and being so young, I took it hard and thought the worst. But now everything is so different. An artist has more power on their own than they ever did before. You want to do something in your life you’re passionate about? Just do it. Don’t let anything slow you down!”

His official bio concludes – “Matt is in his late 30s and continues to look for opportunities to share his music every day.”

“Midnight Train” by Matt Eugene is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“Midnight Train” by Matt Eugene –
http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Train-EP-Matt-Eugene/dp/B00VG2PYT8/
Website –

www.matteugenemusic.com