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Riding With Killers to Release Their New Album ‘Full Circle’ on Dec 9th

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Riding With Killers, photo by Cheyenne Comerford
Riding With Killers, photo by Cheyenne Comerford

Riding With Killers, a Detroit-based alt/metal trio featuring current and ex-members of Taproot, Cathercist, Avalon Black, and Wild Fire, have announced the upcoming release of their new album, Full Circle. Set for a December 9th release date, the group blends a fiery mix of ’90s alt-rock, industrial, and nu-metal to create a sound that is a sonic assault while balancing things out with infectious choruses and memorable guitar riffs. The album was produced by Matthew Laplant, and the newest single, “Hostility,” is now streaming online. You can view our exclusive premiere of the song here.

The twelve songs on Full Circle showcase the diverse range of guitarist/vocalist Taylor Roberts’ talent. It serves as a storytelling platform for many life challenges and successes he has endured over recent years. The lead track “Do This On My Own” and artwork (by Roberts) was inspired by a time he was lost on an island in the Bahamas, and he realized that if he didn’t have the tools to do things himself, he could be in quite the bad position. While on his adventures he snapped photos, which became part of the artwork for the album. Roberts also enlisted the help of friends Paul McCoy of 12 Stones (on “World Apart”) and Jennie Nord of Rave The Reqviem (on “In Silence”) for guest vocals.

Taylor Roberts, who is the newest guitarist of Taproot, formed Riding With Killers (RWK) in 2018 in the ashes of his former projects Cathercist and Wild Fire, which both had success in the hard rock genre over the years. Roberts befriended RWK’s first drummer, Dave Coughlin, on tour in 2013, when Coughlin was actually the drummer of Taproot.

The two linked up for co-writing with friends Tim Krukowski (ex-Sponge), producer Matthew LaPlant and James Lascu (ex-Wilson). The single was mastered by Matthew LaPlant at Madtown Mix Studios. The band is rounded out by their newest drummer, Jed Thibeault (Avalon Black). Bass duties for live shows and music videos have been filled recently by James Lascu (New Monarch) and Damon Tate (For The Fallen Dreams).

The new album comes on the heels of their 2022 single “What Comes Next.” It doubles down on the band’s ferocious energy, being led with a massive ’90s rock-inspired guitar riff and vocalist Taylor Roberts’ unforgettable rang.

While Riding with Killers may be a new name on the rock scene, the members of the Detroit trio have seen more stages and logged more hours in the studio than most could imagine. Taylor Roberts, frontman and mastermind of RWK, formed a friendship with ex-taproot drummer Dave Coughlin, which led to the early music of the band. Since 2018, the band has since built a name for themselves in the Gulf Coast region and beyond. Their recent track “What Comes Next” has been a staple single for the band.

Riding With Killers

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Riding With Killers ‘Full Circle’ album artwork

Riding With Killers ‘Full Circle’ album artwork

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Bayside Announces ‘There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive’ Due April 5th

Esteemed punk act Bayside is thrilled to announce their forthcoming album ‘There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive.’

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Bayside, photo by Will Buckley
Bayside, photo by Will Buckley

Esteemed punk act Bayside is thrilled to announce their forthcoming album, There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive. The highly anticipated record serves as a follow-up to their dynamic 2019 release, Interrobang, and features tracks from the previously released The Red and The Blue EPs as well as six brand new songs. These new songs see the band continue to captivate with a mix of introspective storytelling and a powerful blend of punk, rock, and metal. There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive is set to leave an indelible mark on the music scene, solidifying Bayside’s position as one of the most influential bands of their generation.

Fans can stream Bayside’s haunting new single “The Devils” and can pre-save/pre-order There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive, out digitally on April 5th and physically on May 10th.

On the new single, frontman Anthony Raneri shares:

“We just wanted to write a ripper that keeps you on your toes. The chant was a melody that I kept humming to myself when I was walking my dogs. I put some words to it and we were going to use it as a bridge. We loved it so much we thought the song had to start that way.”

Fans can hear new music live for the first time on Bayside’s forthcoming North American headline tour. The Worse Things Than Being Alive tour, kicking off on April 3rd in Pittsburgh, features support from Finch, Armor For Sleep, and Winona Fighter.

Raneri adds:

“We’re so excited to be touring with a couple of real pioneers in this genre. It’s been close to 20 years since we played a show with either band. So excited to finally run it back.”

Additional stops on The Worse Things Than Being Alive tour include Baltimore, Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, New York, and more. Tickets, including VIP packages, are on sale now at: www.baysidebayside.com.

Bayside ‘There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive’ album artwork

Bayside ‘There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive’ album artwork

Tour Dates:

April 3 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre
April 4 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
April 5 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
April 6 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
April 7 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl
April 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Heaven)
April 10 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
April 12 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
April 13 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
April 14 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
April 16 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
April 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
April 19 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
April 20 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
April 21 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
April 23 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
April 24 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
April 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Union Events Center
April 27 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
April 29 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 30 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
May 1 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
May 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall +
May 4 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 +
May 5 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner +

+ – Indicates no Winona Fighter

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Dream Pop Artist ellakate Launches Debut EP ‘Illusion’

Ellakate debuts new EP ‘Illusion’ – a 5-track musical milestone that guides listeners through a range of emotional trials and tribulations.

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ellakate, photo courtesy of ellakate

Emerging pop sensation ellakate unveils her highly anticipated 5-song EP, Illusion – showcasing several of her previous fan favourites, including “Dry” and “I’m Yours.” Combining elements of pop and alternative pop, ellakate invites listeners on a profound journey, delving into themes of mental health, toxic relationships, coping mechanisms, addiction, loneliness, obsession, and burnout.

Illusion is a compilation of songs that intricately narrate the journey of using unhealthy coping mechanisms to alleviate negative emotions. From grappling with burnout and boredom to seeking solace in intentionally volatile relationships, each track unveils a different facet of the human experience. Through poignant lyrics and emotive melodies, ellakate’s EP serves as a testament to the illusory comfort provided by these mechanisms, ultimately leading back to the same feelings of emptiness and loneliness.

“This EP is a group of songs that are all unique in style, yet cohesive in story. Each song conveys a different emotion, taking you on a sonic journey. From the upbeat, fun vibe of “Dry” to the eerie theatricality of “I’m Yours”, and the stripped-back vulnerability of “Illusion”, there’s something for every listener to connect with.”

Reflecting on the creative process, ellakate expressed her deep attachment to Illusion, a culmination of over a year’s work. Delighted with the final product, she explored various sounds to convey emotions while aiming to offer solace to listeners grappling with similar experiences. She believes the EP resonates with themes of burnout, obsession, and heartbreak, hoping to reassure her audience that they are not alone.

Ella Greenbaum, artistically known as ellakate, is an alternative pop singer-songwriter born, raised, and based in Atlanta, Georgia. Growing up with musical parents and a knack for creating and performing, ellakate found a passion for music that went beyond forcing her brothers to listen to her melodies as a child. “When my dad first explained what the song “Brandy” by Looking Glass was about, I discovered the magic of storytelling in songwriting. I have been singing and making up songs for as long as I can remember,” said ellakate about her innate talents. She has written hundreds of songs since her childhood exploring topics that coincide with the journey of growing up and finding love, filling piles of notebooks in her room with song lyrics. ellakate’s songs recount stories and experiences that may have not happened to her but are inspired by events that have impacted her.

Her voice has been compared to a “young Sara Bareilles,” showing her vocal prowess – honest and sensual, with a hint of innocence. Her sultry vocals mixed with her haunting, bold, and romantic sound are reminiscent of artists like Billie Eilish, Fiona Apple, and Lana Del Rey. ellakate is a breath of fresh air in the musical climate, writing exactly what we’re all thinking and spinning it in a mature yet cheeky way.

Ellakate 'Illusion' EP artwork

Ellakate ‘Illusion’ EP artwork

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Chris Ostler Unleashes Electrifying New EP ‘CO2’

Chris Ostler is back with a bang, releasing his latest EP titled CO2, a follow-up to his highly acclaimed CO1 album.

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Renowned British musician Chris Ostler is back with a bang, releasing his latest EP titled CO2, a follow-up to his highly acclaimed CO1 album. Packed with funk-rock anthems and heartfelt messages, CO2 showcases Ostler’s signature blend of high energy, emotion, and captivating storytelling. Proudly neurodivergent, Chris wishes to help others, using music to make a positive difference in the world. Chris’ autism only serves to enhance the way he writes and plays.

CO2 delivers a dynamic collection of funk-rock tracks that resonate with sincerity and power. Building on the success of his recent singles like ‘Funk in the Trunk,’ ‘The Sun & The Moon,’ and the introspective ‘Anxious Boy,’ the EP introduces three new addictive offerings: ‘Open Road,’ ‘Who Knows,’ and ‘Jam it up Muso.’ plus an acoustic release of ‘The Sun & The Moon’. Each track is infused with Ostler’s vocal prowess and passion, accompanied by electrifying guitar riffs that leave listeners craving more.

Ostler’s songwriting prowess shines through in CO2, offering listeners a glimpse into his raw emotions transformed into beautiful chords and choruses. From the romantic personification in ‘The Sun & The Moon,’ capturing the struggle of distant souls yearning to be together, to the earnest sincerity of ‘Jam it up Muso,’ with its funky-rock vibe and harmonious guitar melodies, each song on the EP resonates with authenticity and depth.

Ostler states, “I want to share with listeners and help them relive the immensity and power of life itself; we have so many emotional experiences, some amazingly positive, and of course, some challenging, but through music we can collectively support each other and enjoy the beauty of everything we experience. If we’re writing our own melodies of life, let’s make them as colourful as possible.”

Hailing from Exeter, Chris Ostler has captivated audiences nationwide with his charismatic presence and lively performances. His talent has earned him the privilege of opening for international artists like Joan Armatrading and Chris Barron (Spin Doctors). Supported by BBC Radio stations across the UK, including Devon, Leicester, and BBC Introducing Southwest, Ostler continues to make waves in the music industry with his electrifying sound and heartfelt storytelling.

Chris Ostler "CO2" album artwork

Chris Ostler “CO2” album artwork

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