Nashville blues rock band the Delta Saints are set to release their fifth studio album Bones next month, and if the new track “Heavy Hammer” is any indication, fans will be in for a healthy dose of swampy, hard-edged blues. With its wicked use of slide guitar and undeniable groove, it echoes the Black Keys, Clutch, and Led Zeppelin all at once, and we’re very glad to premiere the song here today.
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Family & Friends spring from the fertile Athens, Georgia music scene, which values eclectic approaches to making music. The septet blends Americana and folk with mellow African rhythms performed by two drummers in a thoroughly original way. Members of Family & Friends met at the University of Georgia and describe their band as a true collective that relies on each member to share ideas in a collaborative process. The group recorded their new EP XOXO in that mecca for American roots music, Asheville, North Carolina and today they are sharing a new track with us, “Vestiges”.
Best known as the bassist in North Carolina post-hardcore band Alesana, Shane Crump felt the need to branch out on his own with a side project. More specifically, events in his personal life spurred him in that direction, so he created the Ivory, whose debut EP Gloom came out last week. Much more melodically inclined than the scream-leaning Alesana, Crump places more focus on anthemic, piano-driven contemporary rock, and the first single “I’m a Mess” is a good indication of what to expect. Alesana fans should gravitate towards it – while not as loud its sense of melodrama is very similar – and any fan of mainstream rock should as well.
Formed in 2013, Los Angeles trio the Battlefield specialize in a sumptuous blend of folk, Americana, classic country, and the adult contemporary side of pop music. And even a little ragtime. Lively, rustic, and soulful, Matt Ducey, Jenny Weaver, and James Addison trade lead vocals and serve up rich harmonies on their debut album Tipping Point, which we premiere in its entirety today.