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XXI Announce Fall 2015 U.S. Tour Dates; Premiere New Single “Say It Again”

Central Kentucky rock band XXI will hit the road for a Southern and East Coast tour kicking off in September – dates and information can be found inside!

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Central Kentucky rock band XXI have premiered their lyric video for the first single “Say It Again” off their forthcoming debut album, ‘Inside Out.’ Fans can check out the track and video below. Additionally, the band has announced physical pre-order bundles for the album, which are available RIGHT HERE. ‘Inside Out’ is set to be released September 18th on Tooth & Nail Records. XXI will hit the road for a Southern and East Coast tour kicking off in September – dates and information can be found below.

“Say It Again,” the captivating, heavy-hitting first single from their debut album is the beginning of a beautiful new chapter for the band. This single embodies the new direction the band taken over the past year. After the departure from their original name (A Feast for Kings) and a line up change due to the tragic passing of their former lead singer, Eric Gentry, XXI is moving forward with a new name and new sound. The band promises that their 10-song debut, produced by Andrew Baylis (Conditions), has a “more melodic sound than our past material.”

Tour Dates:

09/13 – Ft. Worth, TX @ The Rail Club #
09/15 – San Antonio, TX @ Fitzgerald’s # (18+)
09/16 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar # (16+)
09/17 – Little Rock, AK @ Juanita’s #
09/18 – Louisville, KY @ Expo Five w/ Heartist, Burn Halo
09/19 – Clarkesville, TN @ The Warehouse w/ Heartist, Burn Halo (18+)
09/20 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (downstairs) w/ Heartist, Burn Halo
09/24 – Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House #
09/25 – New York, NY @ Santos Party House # (16+)
09/26 – Gardners, PA @ Deer Run Camping Resort #
09/27 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution # (16+)
09/29 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre Underground #
09/30 – Clifton Park, NY @ Trickshots #
10/01 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room #
10/02 – Kent, OH @ The Outpost #
10/03 – Dayton, OH @ Rockstar Pro Arena #
10/04 – Warren, MI @ The Ritz #

# = w/ Heartist, Burn Halo, Courage My Love

For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/XXIband.

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Morning Bear Reveals Latest Single “A Simple Understanding”

John Runnels unveils the revival of his indie folk project, Morning Bear, with the release of new single, “A Simple Understanding”.

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Denver raised and now Copenhagen based singer/songwriter John Runnels unveils the revival of his orchestral indie folk project, Morning Bear, with the release of a deeply personal and emotionally charged single, “A Simple Understanding.” Marking the band’s return after a six-year hiatus, Morning Bear’s latest offering provides an intimate glimpse into the mind of its creator, navigating through the profound challenges of loss, resilience, and self-discovery.

Characterised by highly dynamic compositions, Morning Bear’s music weaves together the calm and delicate stylings reminiscent of artists like Bon Iver and Jose Gonzalez, while embracing the complexity and depth akin to the Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens. Featuring soaring vocals and unconventional arrangements, including cello, violin, piano, and more, Morning Bear crafts a textured landscape behind pop-influenced hooks.

The catalyst for Morning Bear’s resurgence lies in the transformative journey of band leader John Runnels, who, after facing a series of devastating events and losses, found solace and inspiration amid the chaos. The global pandemic, the loss of three close friends in separate tragedies, a severe injury, and battles with anxiety and depression marked a period of uncertainty for Runnels, but he emerged stronger and more resilient.

“A Simple Understanding”, a continuation of the first releases from Morning Bear after a long hiatus, showcases Runnels in an intimate and vulnerable performance, accompanied only by his acoustic guitar. Released at the time of year where it is most difficult for mental health, John recorded this in a single, live take during a rainstorm in a small garage in a village outside of Andover, UK, and the song captures the raw emotion of Runnels’ struggles and experiences. The lyrics delve into themes of self-loathing and finding hope in the darkest moments of life.

He says “People are often their own worst critic. ‘A Simple Understanding’ speaks to the self-loathing you feel when you have hit rock bottom. How do we find something to hold onto when we’re in the darkest points of our lives?

Morning Bear invites audiences to join them, to embrace vulnerability and share the power of music to heal and connect. With echoes of early Bon Iver in its acoustic performance, ‘A Simple Understanding’ is a brutally honest and delicately executed piece of songwriting that is sure to resonate with listeners, John Runnels bears all in this captivating and emotionally charged offering that sticks.

Morning Bear "A Simple Understanding" single artwork

Morning Bear “A Simple Understanding” single artwork

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Slightest Clue Release Their Rocking, Five-Track EP ‘Carousel’

Vancouver indie rockers Slightest Clue recently released their ‘Carousel’ EP, inspired by the beginning, middle, and end of a relationship.

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Vancouver’s Slightest Clue is like the secret after-school project of four kids who would have passed each other without a glance in the hallway at school, but once they’re plugged in and ready to play their distinct blend of post-punk, alternative rock, and dark pop, all bets are off.

Produced by Matt Di Pomponio, their new EP, Carousel, is inspired by the beginning, middle, and end of a formative romantic relationship, spanning the trajectory from love to this loss of connection. The closing track, “Carousel,” marks the ultimate bittersweet reflection with unique harmonic layers to portray those contrasting emotions, shifting between grand and quiet tones.

Commenting on the album, the band states:

“The main theme is love, loss of relationship, and connection. The arc of the story is our foreshadowing of the end in our first song ‘These Days’ speaking on the day to day fights and how neither person can seem to get back to a happy place in the relationship. ‘Why Can’t I Call You?’ is the initial spark of infatuation and obsession with someone before you know them. ‘When You Wake Up’ talks of the blissed out honeymoon stage where everything is working and nothing could go wrong. ‘Suit Uptight!’ represents the mounting frustrations and resentments building tension from unmet needs. And finally our closing track ‘Carousel’ is the end and the bittersweet reflection of a cherished relationship that can no longer return.”

Each member, Malcolm McLaren, Hannah Kruse, Sean Ries, and Nick Sciarretta, brings distinct influences and experiences: a stage actor whose playlists go from Talking Heads to Sonic Youth to Björk, a hook-obsessed recovering choir girl, an electrical engineer whose personal idol is John Bonham, and a guitarist who played for (and left) 10 other bands before deciding this was the one for him.

Slightest Clue ‘Carousel’ [EP] album artwork

Slightest Clue ‘Carousel’ [EP] album artwork

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Frankie Flowers Releases Her Brand New Single “LUST”

Waterloo, Ontario, genre-bending alternative punk artist Frankie Flowers has released her brand new single “LUST.”

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Frankie Flowers, photo by Victoria McWwan (@vic_shmik)
Frankie Flowers, photo by Victoria McWwan (@vic_shmik)

Frankie Flowers is an emerging alternative artist from Waterloo, Ontario. She creates a genre-bending sound by merging her love for dark-wave and post-punk music, as well as combining elements from other genres. Frankie has a dark, psychedelic, and eclectic vibe that urges you to escape reality and experience the unknown.

Her aptly-titled new single “LUST” feels dark and desperate, with echo and reverb that drown out the verses, in contrast with the punchy chorus.

Commenting on the single, Frankie states:

“You can lust for anything. People, money, power; we’re all longing for something.”

Frankie Flowers “Lust” single artwork

Frankie Flowers “Lust” single artwork

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