– Steve Sears, vocals
“If you are a fan of Paramore/State Champs…or just like punky alternative Rock, You will love this band! Solid song, catchy, powerful vocals… I have a feeling you’ll be hearing a lot about this female fronted masterpiece they call Light It Up.” – Worldwide Underground
CONNECTICUT | JUNE 5TH, 2017 – New England alternative rock band shows off the power of transformation in their newest release, an edgy version of Halsey’s “Eyes Closed.” Compared to the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, PVRIS, and Paramore, lead vocalist Gina Fritz puts on a wickedly compelling performance. Their version of “Eyes Closed” is the first taste of their upcoming transition into a new sound. A soft intro, slick guitar licks, and a solid combination of pop and alternative; Light It Up is successfully creating a unique sound that has a small bit for any type of listener. About the cover, the band states:
“”We are super excited to to release our cover of ‘Eyes Closed’ by one of our favorite artists, Halsey. From the minute we heard the song we knew it was a perfect way to transition ourselves to the ‘new’ Light It Up. Keep your eyes and ears open for tons of new content coming from us this summer!”
Light It Up is a five piece female fronted alternative rock band from the suburbs of New Haven, Connecticut. After only being a band since September 2016 Light It Up is on the way to making a name for themselves. With the band building a strong following on social media and being featured on one of Connecticut’s number one radio station they are off to a great start. Light It Up has a few tours under their belt as well as supported national touring acts such as We The Kings, Hawthorne Heights, Metro Station and Cute Is What We Aim For and many more! “Eyes Closed” is available NOW.
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Listen to the “Allegiance” preview
“Comparisons to bands like PVRIS and Paramore are likely inevitable but… VISTA are holding their own with ease and “Henchmen” is proof of that. The single is a big, anthemic, and energetic testament to what this band is capable of and we expect the potential to continue paying off as their name rises to the top; a beautiful view indeed.” – Substream
LONG ISLAND, NY | APRIL 28TH, 2017 – Coming off the release of their latest single “Henchmen,” VISTA continues to spread a message of unity with the announcement of the release of their upcoming single, “Allegiance,”on May 19th, 2017. Introducing listeners to a metaphorical black and blue color-schemed oasis, the band emits a powerful statement in the track, urging their audience to join their own allegiance. A continuation of their previous single, “Allegiance” highlights lead vocalist Hope Vista’s haunting vocals and her undeniable performance chemistry with guitarist and vocalist Greg Almeida. “Allegiance” will serve as the lead single off of their upcoming sophomore EP.
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Coined one of Rock Sound’s “On The Radar” bands just months after their resurrection, VISTA was derived from the decade-long solo career of frontwoman Hope Vista. Rounded out with bold guitarist and vocalist Greg Almeida, the duo experiments with long-loved stadium influences to create and define a new, modern-day sub-genre in the alternative scene: anthem rock. VISTA most recently set out to write and record “Henchmen,” their first 2017 offering as a powerhouse single, written as an anthem for the oppressed. Since it’s release, the band has supported Fueled By Ramen artist Against The Current at Irving Plaza, been featured in 3 Alternative Press articles, sold out their first two headlining shows, and is in heavy rotation on idobi.
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New Jersey rockers Palisades have debuted a new latest music video for “Let Down”!
Currently in rotation on Sirius XM’s Octane, the hard-hitting track appears on the band’s recently released self-titled LP which gave the band its strongest chart debut ever (#3 Heatseekers, #3 Alternative New Artist, #6 Hard Music, #12 Independent, #14 Alternative and #16 Rock).
On Sunday, April 2 Palisades will headline a special benefit concert at William Patterson University, USA. The event is a fundraiser for the non-profit organisation, A Voice For The Innocent, which is a community of support for victims of rape and sexual abuse. Admission is free but donations to the organization are highly recommended. For more information. visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-voice-for-the-innocent-benefit-concert-ft-palisades-tickets-32427297921.
‘Palisades’ is now available for purchase on MerchNow and iTunes.
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Following last years disbanding of Sweden’s much-loved progressive rockers Beardfish, vocalist and driving force Rikard Sjöblom has turned his attention to his solo project Gungfly, and signed with InsideOutMusic for the release of their next album ‘On Her Journey To The Sun’ on 19th May 2017.
Rikard had this to say: “Gungfly was born out of necessity, songs came to life whenever there was downtime with Beardfish or if a song didn’t quite fit within Beardfish’s (otherwise quite broad and eclectic) frame of styles. I basically started recording songs, mainly pop-oriented material, but being the type of songwriter and musician I am, some prog slipped through the radar as well. With the break-up of Beardfish all of the prog-related material I write needed to go somewhere and Gungfly was ready and able for this step!”
“I recorded what was to become the first album between 2007 – 2008 and it was released in 2009. The name Gungfly is a Swedish word meaning unsecure ground, and it came from a novel I read where it was used to describe that someone didn’t have grounds to back up their statements, so I liked it and chose to call the project that!” Rikard continues: “I’ve always been writing and recording lots of music and when I formed the live band to perform these songs for the first time I got to pick some of my oldest friends to play with and thankfully they wanted to be part of it! Petter and Rasmus Diamant (yes, they’re brothers) on drums and bass have always been the backbone foundation in this line-up and sometimes we actually do gigs as the Gungfly trio. Sverker Magnusson has been behind the keys since the start and was recently joined by Martin Borgh too to be able to cover all of the keyboard work on the albums, so sometimes we do three keyboard players on stage at the same time! This is made possible by the fact that guitarist David Zackrisson (Beardfish) is in the band as well. Me then? I do what I’ve always done; sing, play guitars and a bunch of vintage keyboards (mainly Hammond organ) – and I have lots of fun.”
Rikard Sjöblom is perhaps best known as the multi-instrumentalist frontman of Beardfish, who established themselves as one of the most consistently brilliant modern-day progressive rock bands over the course of eight studio albums. In recent years, he has also become known for his work with English progressive collective Big Big Train, playing live with them as well as performing on their 2016 album ‘Folklore’. That year also marked the release of his most recent solo album under his own name, ‘The Unbendable Sleep’.