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  • MUSIC REVIEW: Duo KTJ & CARLY Release Self-Reflective EP “Ego Death”

    MUSIC REVIEW: Duo KTJ & CARLY Release Self-Reflective EP “Ego Death”

    KTJ & CARLY are back with a new collection of work that explores the journey to self-discovery, transformation, and self-care. “Ego Death” showcases the duo’s strength with their insightful lyrics and catchy hooks. 

    Each track is distinctively different but still flows effortlessly as one body of work. The storytelling of the EP can be described as different puzzle pieces creating a puzzle or chapters of a novel contributing to a story as a whole. Ego is explored in various ways throughout the EP, all contributing to the story that KTJ & CARLY wanted to tell. As songwriters, the pop-punk duo also showed they are true storytellers as well. From the lyrics to the instrumental, and more, every detail contributes to the message that the duo wants to share. KTJ & CARLY’s musical inspirations are JoJo, PVRIS, and ROZES. Considering the versatility of the duo’s sound, it makes a lot of sense for KTJ & CARLY to have a versatile line of inspiration as well.

    Every song has its own unique layer to a very personal, yet relatable story:

    “Soliloquy” tells the story of acceptance. The synthy beats, layered vocals, and comforting lyrics are very relaxing and soothing, similar to the feeling of letting go of anxiety.

    “Daddy’s little lawyer” — the EP’s lead single — illustrates an all-too-familiar story of putting too much effort into a relationship where your significant is only ever selfish.  punk-rock vibes, electric guitar strums, and emotive, powerful vocals. 

    “Pink Ferrari” centers on the struggle of the ups and downs that come with mental illness. Slowly building guitar-driven instrumentals, airy but powerful vocals, and lyrics exploring the spiraling thoughts one might get. 

    Inspired by the Nicholas Cage movie Family Man, “Heartless” tells the classic tale of greed. “Once you look down at your life, you’ll see that all the time you spent making money didn’t get you any loving,” the song warns. 

    The EP signs off with the track “Signing off”, a testament to learning how to stop in a society that does not seem to slow down, and is “always on.”. Channeling both the pop-punk and synthy beats heard throughout the ep, “Signing off” managed to incorporate both styles, making a great closing to this story.

    While on their own each song is good on its own, being put together to paint a bigger picture creates a masterpiece. Discovering different aspects of the ego, personal or external, is shown in every little detail from the lyrics to the tempo, to the instrumental. Shedding light on topics such as self-acceptance, mental illness, anxiety, and greed, which many listeners will relate to at least one of these, makes this EP even stronger. “Ego Death,” tells a story with a powerful message for its listeners, and shows the true artistry that KTJ & CARLY have.

    Stream the EP now: Spotify, Apple Music

  • New Rules Makes New York City Debut

    New Rules Makes New York City Debut

    If you’ve ever gotten butterflies from seeing a band live, then you’ll understand exactly what it was like to see New Rules perform.

    Mercury Lounge in New York City became fans’ home for a day as they lined up and camped out starting as early as 9 AM. New Rules had curated the type of fanbase over the pandemic that was willing to go to such lengths to see their favorite band. They’d facilitated the type of deeply dedicated community that typically only comes after years of work and many in-person events. What made New Rules different was that they built the base largely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The show at the Mercury Lounge was one of their very first opportunities to actually meet their fans and perform.

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  • Why Don’t We Returns to New York City, Rings in a New and Authentic Era

    Why Don’t We Returns to New York City, Rings in a New and Authentic Era

    I couldn’t tell if I was trembling or if what I was feeling was the vibration of screams that I was engulfed in.

    Jonah Marais (via Ali Fitzgerald, @alfitzpics)

    The band that stood before me was one that I had seen at least fifty times and I felt all of my anxiety leave as I leaned into the sweet familiarity of something akin to home. It was different this time, though… different in the best way possible. I had never seen this radiance in their faces or this level of confidence in their every movement. So much had changed between December of 2019 and this day in the middle of June in Bowery Ballroom. Yet, they were the same people who had curated this dedicated fanbase, and — as always — it quickly became obvious why.

    Seeing Why Don’t We again after all this time seemed to set me free. It seemed to make everything okay again after so long. I had to wonder if that feeling was the same for them, too. Everything that led up to this moment sunk into the rearview mirror.

    In September 2021, the band accused their former manager of mental, emotional, and financial abuse. A lawsuit was filed and their careers were put on hold. In the suit, there were allegations of filming the band naked (including a minor) without knowledge, fraud in the inducement, and more. The band also accused their manager and his company of withholding payment and funds due to them. 

    Music was put out sparingly and — due to a certain global pandemic — live performances were prohibited. It would take until the June Bowery Ballroom show for the band to make their return to New York City.

    Corbyn Besson (via Ali Fitzgerald, @alfitzpics)

    Their fans on the East Coast eagerly arrived, lining up earlier than they may care to admit. By the time we arrived, the line sprawled around the block. After being funneled into the small venue, it became apparent that this show would be incredibly different. It was intimate.

    Typically, Why Don’t We is playing venues the size of Radio City Music Hall. (In fact, they’ll be playing it again in August.) This show, though, was all about being close to their fans. With a capacity of 575, the space was small and cramped.

    When the band came on stage, their energy immediately filled the room and oozed out onto the streets. It couldn’t be contained by the walls. Fans’ excitement rose, the shrieks of boyband fans filling the halls. As for myself, I had feelings of safety and freedom from the shackles of a global pandemic.

    It was the look on fans’ faces that stunned me: pure joy, relief, and happiness. I saw these expressions before I even noticed the similar emotions that traced their way into the band’s eyes. Daniel Seavey, Jack Avery, Zach Herron, Jonah Marais, and Corbyn Besson had made it onto this stage despite it all: a last-minute rescheduled tour, personal traumas, the still-pending lawsuit, and the same two and a half years of a crippling pandemic that we had all endured.

    Jack Avery (via Ali Fitzgerald, @alfitzpics)

    It was a sense of confidence and freedom that I watched come back to the band as they found their true selves again on stage.

    Why Don’t We always seem the most themselves on stage. At Bowery Ballroom, though, they showed me a side of them that I had never before seen… they seemed genuinely happy and I had never seen them so excited to perform.

    The music they were playing was different from what we had heard before. Even the songs that weren’t new to us now had a very different twist. The boyband — who had previously taken on the choreographed classic approach — was now rocking with their own instruments.

    Daniel Seavey (via Ali Fitzgerald, @alfitzpics)

    It seemed so natural for them to have these in their hands. It magnified their talents.

    On stage, their poise and charisma were automatic. They seemed to interact with both each other and their audience effortlessly. Each of the members knew how to use their own unique charm to draw in those cheering and screaming for them… the fans, who knew every lyric to each of their songs and sang along with elated passion.

    They closed the night with their latest single — “How Do You Love Somebody”. The tune is the pinnacle and climax of the new sound that is reinventing them. It draws on clear inspiration from classic rock and roll and gives us lyrics full of authentic emotions. It’s a drastic turn from their prior bubble gum pop sound. The single feels more true to who they are than any of the songs that came before it.

    Zach Herron (via Ali Fitzgerald, @alfitzpics)

    Energy burst out of the fanbase. The band fed off of this feeling and tripled it, delivering this right back to the crowd. In the back, we opened up a moshpit, mirroring the punk-y style that was now becoming a part of their brand.

    In the pit, it felt like we were all finally leaving our troubles behind and just being with each other. That’s what a Why Don’t We show does to people: it brings us together at least for at least a moment to revel in the beauty of a show.

    It sets us free. It sets them free.

    I remember the looks on the faces of the fans as they left the venue. Many were wiping away tears and I noticed I was holding my own back. I wondered yet again if the band felt the same. 

    I hope they felt the same relief we did.

  • The Warning Reminds New York City What Real Rock and Roll Is

    The Warning Reminds New York City What Real Rock and Roll Is

    Gramercy Theater is known for bringing in a wide range of acts that attracts a shocking variety of demographics. When The Warning performed, though, we weren’t quite sure what to expect.

    The Warning entered the music scene with a huge viral splash. Their Metallica’s classic “Enter Sandman” took over the Internet, attracting rock fans of all ages. Thus the band’s career lurched forward with that major shift. In fact, the cover was even featured on The Metallica Blacklsit which was an album reissue meant to honor Metallica’s self-titled album. This tour was different for the band, that’s for sure. It was one that would make or break them.

    The band is a rock trio made up of three wonderful sisters — Dany, Pau, and Ale. Right away, you can probably guess what makes them stand out. Women in true rock often face a barrage of difficulties. “Since we were very young one of our biggest obstacles was definitely being young girls in the very rigorous and heavy music industry,” the band tells us.

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    While it’s not necessarily shocking to hear, the band’s story acts as a reminder of just how much work there is to do in this genre. However, something was notably different this time around. The audience demographic was predominately older men… AKA those who tend to be the most critical about women entering the rock scene. What made these girls different than others who have tried before them to win the hearts of rock fans?

    They stayed true to the genre and let their talent speak for itself. When they take the stage, it’s like they tune out all of the nay-sayers and focus on the work at hand. The Warning reaches into the past glory days of rock and delivers a taste of that past. Those who doubt them seem to leave with a new understanding of rock music. “We love to see that mind set change in the people who listen to us,” says the band.

    Each member of the band brought impeccable talent that was only elevated by obvious practice. It was clear from the moment the band took the stage that they knew how to command the attention of a packed, sold-out show at this theater. In fact, we’ve been to a lot of sold-out shows at Gramercy Theater and none of them have ever been quite as packed as this one, which means we’re shining some skepticism on all of the previous ones.

    There was hardly room to move and by the time the music came on, fans were so mesmerized by the act that even thinking of getting through the crowd was a lost cause. Not that anyone would want to leave. The Warning’s shows are full of high energy, true rock sound, and inspiring music. Perhaps some of the best moments of the night were when the trio leaned into their roots.

    The Warning is originally from Monterrey, Mexico. They proudly bring a bit of their home into their music, infusing some Spanish lyrics into their work. Moreover, the combination of this culture with the rock sound gives them the ability to be authentic to themselves. 

    Standing out that night was lead singer Dany whose vocals stole the show. Akin to Lzzy Hale or Taylor Momsen, Dany had impeccable control over her range and a true ability to effortlessly belt out the lyrics. 

    Speaking of these two artists, it was surreal for me to watch these girls on stage. Having grown up with tremendous female-led rock bands like Halestorm and The Pretty Reckless, seeing this trio on stage was something new even for me. It was striking to find out just how young they were. Dany is 22; Pua is 20, and Ale is only 17. That’s when it dawned on me: the same way certain women in rock were my inspiration, these girls were set to be the inspiration for the next generation of female rockers.

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    My suspicions were confirmed that night, too. After a quick restroom break, I was heading back out to the floor but almost ran into a little girl who had to be no older than 9 years old. I gave her a little wave and a smile. Her mom told her it was okay to wave back and I made a comment about how sweet it was to see kids into rock like this. Her mom informed me that The Warning was her daughter’s favorite band and she listened to their songs before bed every single night.

    With that in mind, I reflected on my own origin story: dancing in the front row of a Halestorm concert at the same age. 

    Dany, Pau, and Ale may not know it, but they’re changing the music scene one heart at a time. They’re tackling the rock fans of the past and ones of the future, too. While they have helped highlight Metallica’s legacy, one day their own will be remembered just the same as the rock and roll legends that they are.

    What has been your biggest defining moment as a band?

    We would say our biggest defining moment would be the full circle moment we had with Metallica’s Enter Sandman since our career started with a cover of that song back in 2014 and now we have our own version of the song with Alessia Cara on Metalica’s Blacklist album!

    Have you ever thought about giving up on music and why?

    NOPE! Of course there’s always ups and downs but we really love what we do and we couldn’t imagine doing anything else!

    Take us through your song writing process.

    Our songwriting process has been evolving through the years but most of the time it’s Pau who starts the song on the piano and then we all play them out together full band and work on arrangements of each instrument.

    What do you hope fans take away from your new music? From the tour?

    As for the take away, we love that everyone experiences music in different ways and love to hear stories about our music in people’s lives. So we hope the take away the overall feeling of the song and our love for what we do! Same with the live shows! There’s nothing quite like sharing music with a crowd ready to rock out with you!

    What sets your music apart from the rest of the scene?

    Well I guess ourselves as the band members! Music is a reflection of the minds who create it… and there’s no one that can write quite like each individual does, we truly believe that. So our music is focused on powerful feelings and sounds and its a mix of us three of us together, we love that!

    How did it feel when MAYDAY came out and was there anything in particular you were nervous about with the release?

    We were ECSTATIC of course! The release of new work is always a little nerve racking but we were more excited that nervous. As a record that was recorded during the pandemic we really had to plan accordingly to the times releasing this EP,so more than anything we were super happy that it was out and that we could give our fans new music!

    What has been your favorite memory as a band and why?

    I feel like our favorite moments change every time we live through something new- but we recently opened for The Foo Fighters in Mexico City and we can confidently say that it was one of the best nights of our lives! The energy was insane! Playing for 50,000 people in on of the biggest stages of our country was so mind-blowing and so incredible- it was such an amazing show that we all enjoyed and cherished so much!

    What do you think makes the relationship between you and your fans unique and how do you cultivate that?

    We feel that the connection that we have with our fans is really special and it’s something that we’ve built over time- It’s awesome to see how diverse our fan base is- from the places they live in to the languages they speak and the thing that unites us all is our love for music- we feel very motivated by the support we receive from our fans and thanks to social media it so much easier to reach out and connect with the people that support and follow us.

     

     

  • Photo Gallery: THE BAND CAMINO Wraps Up Sold Out Cross Country Tour

    Photo Gallery: THE BAND CAMINO Wraps Up Sold Out Cross Country Tour

    THE BAND CAMINO has had a strong career growth over recent years. The pinnacle and most obvious showing of this is their recent sold-out cross-country tour, performing at various music halls.

    With openers like Hastings and Flor, fans spent every night surrounded by dancing, love, and an undying passion for music. On the last night of the tour in Philadelphia, the band was full of electricity as they saw their dreams turn into reality before their eyes.

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  • Flor Sparks a Light of Hope for Fans in Philadelphia

    Flor Sparks a Light of Hope for Fans in Philadelphia

    2022 is shaping up to be Flor’s biggest year yet. The band just wrapped up a tour with the pop-rock group The Band CAMINO, dropped a brand new album, and is set to play Firefly in September.

    The last we saw Flor, it was late 2019 and the world was quite a bit different. With ignorance in our hearts, we took in all of the love that the band poured out onto Webster Hall’s stage. On April 30th, 2022 at the Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia, we experienced that same sort of vibrancy that filled the room. Flor hadn’t lost their spark during the dark world of the pandemic.

    Ricocheting off the venue’s walls was the fans’ electrifying energy and eager anticipation that comes with any final show of a tour. A band of emotion, Flor was able to capture the essence of their crowd and deliver it back through their charming music. 

    Each member brought to the table their own unique understanding of music. There wasn’t a “weakest” link or a member who seemed a haphazard addition for the sake of another instrument. Flor’s pop music was deep with purpose, starting with the members themselves. Individually, they were talented, but the way they were able to blend their sound with ease made them masterful.

    Flor attracts an eccentric crowd. It isn’t necessarily that the individuals are eccentric, but rather the collective. The band creates music for anyone at any stage of their life to find solace in. When performing, they pair songs meant to bring your spirits up with deeply reflective ones making you consider what that spirit even means. As such, their fans — a deeply passionate group of people — come in every shape and size. Unlike so many bands, they don’t attract a cookie-cutter audience.

    When you have so many different demographics mixed together, it isn’t necessarily easy to perform a show that can connect with everyone. Nonetheless, Flor had effortless control over their crowd — helping them all to find common ground through their music. 

    Everyone was lost in a slice of peace delivered to them through this pop band. Those around the bar let the music wash over them as they danced to the night’s sound. Fans holding onto the barricade were starry-eyed with glee. My best friend saw her favorite band and felt a glimmer of hope before she cried.

    That’s what Flor is for people, though. They’re a band that is what people need in the moment and that’s different for everyone.

    We left the show knowing they would only grow from here. The tour was closing, but when a band has this much powerful music, it means they’d find their next adventure soon. It was the blend of musical talent, passion, and extreme understanding of the human condition that leaves us to believe that Flor will be leaving a mark on the industry for a long time to come.

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  • Joywave’s Live Show Promises a Resurgence of Edgy Pop Bands

    Joywave’s Live Show Promises a Resurgence of Edgy Pop Bands

    The lights dimmed. The crowd seemed to take a collective pause. A moment of silence fell and was caught between them. A deep breath before applause and shouts shrouded in pure bliss.

    On April 6th, Joywave took the stage at Elsewhere in Brooklyn, New York. The theatrics of an indie band could not go overlooked. Joywave loaded onto the stage costumed and ready for what would prove to be a carefree night. They broke down that wall with their fans by showing them that it was okay to be silly and free. It was okay to dress as car wash employees and run around a stage singing music that projected the feeling of being without concern.

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    Behind them, a stage set up that stood out stole the show. Someone had rigged a faux-car wash, moving and ‘cleaning’ the back end of a car which had headlights glowing and all. While that’s all fun and fresh, a cool stage doesn’t win fans over.

    So, that was the challenge for Joywave. Their music, stage presence, and personalities had to overshadow the high bar that they set by creating such extravagance. Would they rise to the occasion?

    The Rochester band noted to their crowd that this night in Brooklyn would be their last away show before returning to their hometown to finish up the tour. Joywave fans cheered. Joywave fans rejoiced. Joywave fans were ready to give it all they had on that night that they were able to spend with their favorite band.

    And so they did.

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    It was clear immediately that the band valued fan connection. They fed off the energy of the crowd and delivered it ten-fold back. However, sometimes in admiring stage presence, today’s world forgets to think about the music for the sake of music itself. Joywave’s sound was different. It had an element that was missing from pop music today.

    Joywave leaned into musical dissonance, proving they understood music at a way deeper level than many artists right now. It was like they were bringing this edge back to pop. An indie band at heart, it was clear they were eager to grow and develop their music. Their sound is held back by that chase of being different, but by leaning into pop and not letting the mainstream scare them, it could truly be a game-changer for the band.

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    They’ve tapped into a special genre that is starting to really breathe again. With the recent popularity of “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals, it’s clear that music fans are ready for the sort of pop band that is beyond a Hollywood manufactured boyband and instead an independent reflection of reality. Joywave gives us that. Portugal. the Man and Death Cab for Cutie are known for that sort of alt-pop, but Joywave could just be the band that brings us back to that mid-2000s pop band sound.

    Joywave makes music that may not be radio ready, but could still take over the airwaves due to sheer demand. People are tired of the same copy and paste song. Joywave challenges that. Live, they perform with such control over their sound that fans fall into a trance.

    Pop can mean many things. Joywave can help shape our understanding of it.

  • Sitting on Stacy Takes Over Brooklyn with Dramatic Energy and Passion

    Sitting on Stacy Takes Over Brooklyn with Dramatic Energy and Passion

    As far as a first true headlining tour goes, this was one of the best.

    SoCal band, Sitting on Stacy, took over Brooklyn’s Elsewhere on March 27th. This isn’t the first time that fans have had the chance to see the band — they’ve actually toured with the Jonas Brothers before! However, this tour was sure to leave an impact on fans’ hearts which was clear from the beginning. Immediately, Sitting on Stacy pushed their audience into the deep end of energy and excitement.

    “We want anyone who comes to our shows to be entertained and leave feeling happy and part of the whole extravaganza,” says the band. The entire night was clearly focused on reaching that goal.

    They set expectations high from the beginning. For such a small venue, the feeling was electric. As the band made their way onto the stage, the front row was squirming with anticipation. It was packed in the venue with an audience that ranged in gender, age, and even subcultures. Sitting on Stacy appeals to such a wide base of people it was sort of uncanny to see your mainstream pop girlies vibing directly next to the alt-sceners who are more used to mosh pits and crowd surfing.

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    The pressure to perform, though, is actually what they think has been their biggest challenge. “We would say planning shows and getting in shape for the massive cathartic release of adrenaline during our high energy performance resulting in minor injuries sustained during that time,” they when asked. This may seem like a bold statement. After all, on-stage injuries can’t be that common… right?

    Well, the band really did know how to take a pop sound and make it just a bit reckless. By the end of the act, Hoyt Yeatman (lead singer) had found himself opening up the crowd and full-sending it into the audience. This may seem like the most dangerous part of the show, but what was worse (in the best way) was the encore.

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    As the band clamored their way back on stage, they went so hard dancing and singing and giving a true performance that they fell into a heap on top of each other. Out of breath, but with a shining sparkle of passion in their eyes, they took in the sound of the cheering audience. Fans begged them not to leave the stage, but the show had come to a close.

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    Sitting on Stacy is on the brink of something great. That night in Brooklyn, we think they saw that. The fans saw it, too. Their biggest fear? They say it’s “losing sight of why we play music in the first place.” The band has a clear intent and a focused mindset. “For us music is supposed to be fun,” they say. “We don’t want to get to a point where we feel pressured to write songs.”

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    We had a chance to talk with the band about their goals and the behind-the-scenes of Sitting on Stacy. Here’s what they had to say:

    Q: When and how did you first know you wanted to pursue music as your career?

    SOS: We knew we wanted to pursue music when we first picked up our instruments at a very young age and knew we wanted to make this our career from the moment we walked out on stage at our very first shows.

    Q: Was there a moment as a band where you felt like it really “clicked” and you knew you were on to something?

    SOS: When we were playing at venues and house shows in the San Diego area, we knew we had found something when the audience started singing back our lyrics to us on songs like “Chest Hair”. Also the audience would go crazy when we played our set. One time a girl jumped off of the roof into the crowd. We had the craziest experiences playing shows and the audience reactions made us feel at home.

    Q: You lean into the recent trend of California surf pop. What would you say is your defining factor as a band?

    SOS: We love branching out of our comfort zone and experimenting with all sorts of genres of music. We love putting in harmonies and writing a mixture of soft songs and heavy/crazy songs.

    Q: Describe your music to someone who’s never heard it.

    SOS: It’ll catch you off your rocker in the most epic yet crazy/fun way possible.

    Q: What are the best and worst aspects of touring for you?

    SOS: The best aspect would probably be going to venues and cities that we’ve never been to before. Just living with the spontaneity of it all and not knowing what to expect. Also, it is super fun when we play our set every night.

    The worst part is all of the driving/loading gear and waking up at 5 or 6am every day to get to the next venue.

    Q: Walk us through the songwriting process.

    SOS: Each song is different but usually Hoyt will come up with a melody and some chords and then Kyle will come up with the bassline and some harmonies. Trevor then adds the drum part and we all help to structure and arrange the song during the course of a few jams.

    Q: Where do you see yourself growing from here? Biggest bucket list items for the next like 5 years?

    SOS: Coachella, Lollapalooza, ACL, playing any big stage, and playing overseas. We want people to feel something when they listen to our songs and hopefully, we make a lot of people happy along the way.

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  • Meet Me At the Altar stands out amongst stacked lineup at Irving Plaza

    Meet Me At the Altar stands out amongst stacked lineup at Irving Plaza

    Pop punk’s not dead — it’s simply changing, growing, and becoming a better version of the original.

    It felt like all of New York City’s pop-punk scene was smooshed and packed into the 1,200 person capacity Irving Plaza. Maybe before the pandemic, no one would think twice. Being pressed up against another concert-goer was the norm. Now, though, it still feels strange to be back amongst the crowd. Despite that peculiar feeling creeping its way up my neck, I still knew it was a true relief to be back among the community.

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  • “I Would Have Given You the Moon” is Peach Martine’s Latest Heartbreaking Track and We Love It

    “I Would Have Given You the Moon” is Peach Martine’s Latest Heartbreaking Track and We Love It

    Peach Martine has quickly become more than just another pop artist on the rise.

    A new song from the former “American Idol” contestant is out now. “I Would Have Given You the Moon” is a very captivating and tranquil take on the pain of losing someone. Moreover, the track showcases something beyond her whimsical songwriting. Peach shows us even more of her beautiful voice that pairs perfectly with a song of this nature. She gives us a sound that is something of a new-age Adele mixed with Sabrina Carpenter.

    When Peach first came on our radar, we had “POSTER KID” on blast, resonating far too much with every lyric. Something about her ability to translate her very personal experiences into wider universal feelings struck us with a fond appreciation for Peach’s work. Taking a deeper dive into Peach’s music, it’s clear to see that this sort of realism undercut with poetry is not uncommon for her. In fact, in most of her discography, you’ll find this recurring artistry.

    Peach’s album Love, Peach has proven itself extremely successful, but more than that: it’s beautiful. Songs like “Poem to Myself 5 Years Ago” and “Scared of Getting Old” reveal to fans the intricacies of aging in a world that is difficult to navigate. Peach’s music centers often on the concept of “self” and understanding yourself flaws and all. It’s created out of true and real emotion that is communicated so clearly to every listener, who connects instantly.

    With this new song out, we just had to talk with Peach about her career, musical inspiration and more. Here’s what she had to say:

    Q: When and how did you first know you wanted to pursue music as your career?

    Peach: Music has always been my one true love. When I was asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” as a child, I’ve always said “a rockstar.” I’ve always felt like entertaining people was my purpose. Songwriting is my passion and my therapy, and I feel the most at home on stage in front of an audience.

    Q: What has been like to take a song that originally blew up online and transition it into a fully produced piece for release? Was there pressure to make sure it was done right since it was something the fans had expectations of?

    Peach: I try to capture the emotion that the original videos hold, and multiply it by a thousand. Production is amazing in that way; it enhances everything that I try to get across with just vocals and keys. I ask my followers for a lot of help in the production process, and I absolutely adore co-producing with the fantastic producers I’ve gotten the pleasure of working with. I think once a song goes viral, you can’t change the melody, chords, or lyrics, because fans have already approved and attached to those elements. I’ll usually just add instruments and harmonies and really try to keep the integrity of what I’ve written and shared online.

    Q: Walk us through your Idol experience. What was the biggest thing you took away and do you have any regrets about that time in your life?

    Peach: American Idol was a whirlwind. I was invited on the show when I was 16, and I was shocked at how different the experience was from how I expected it to be. Somehow, even though it was the most nerve-wracking experience of my life thus far, I walked out of the televised audition room more confident than ever. I had a golden ticket in my hand and a compliment on my songwriting from Lionel Richie. Throughout my Idol experience, Lionel Richie really believed in me. In my (unaired) second round, he joined the audience of other contestants in giving me a standing ovation, and I was shocked and elated. I’ll never forget that. I don’t have any regrets from it because I did my very best and got super lucky with being favored by the producers, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to other artists.

    Q: What sets your music apart from the rest in the current pop-sphere?

    Peach: I think the rawness of my lyrics. Nothing is vague, nothing is sugar coated to be ‘commercial.’ My songwriting is who I am in my most vulnerable state. My lyrics are my truth, whether I’m writing about my love life, experiences, mental health, grief, beliefs, opinions, or emotions. I also am HEAVILY influenced by the best of classic rock, which I grew up listening to. I try to channel the theatricality of Queen, the stylishness of the Stones, the boldness of Zeppelin, and all my favorite characteristics of my rock and roll heroes.

    Q: What are you hoping people take away from your music overall and, particularly, your latest release “I Would Have Given You the Moon”?

    Peach: I want anyone who’s listened to “I Would Have Given You the Moon” to feel comforted. It’s such an emotional song. When writing it, I couldn’t imagine the hundreds of thousands of viewers that somehow found it to relate to it as much as they have. The song is about rejection and hurt, but it’s also about hating a part of who you are because you’re comparing yourself to someone who you think is ‘better’ than you. I’m so happy that my music makes people feel understood.

    Q: Prior to this release, one of your most successful songs was “POSTER KID”, what was it like to transition to this slightly different tempo and sound? Is there one song that you would say is more indicative of what to expect in the future?

    Peach: Regardless of the sound, vibe, or tempo of my songs, they’re all just me. They’re little parts of my soul that I’m kind of setting free in case anyone needs them. Releasing “POSTER KID” was terrifying, because I felt like I was exposing to the world how bad my mental health can be, even though I was making fun of myself for it. I think both songs are extremely personal yet relatable. My next single, Romeo and Juliet (out March 11th) has the pop-punk production and sarcastic lyricism of “POSTER KID” while having the upfront romance of “I Would Have Given You the Moon.” I’m so excited to see how my listeners react to it.

    Q: Much of your music, including “POSTER KID” and “I Would Have Given You the Moon” seem to be both deeply personal, but sadly generally relatable songs. Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it all from your own experiences or is there an element of storytelling from others?

    Peach: I draw inspiration from EVERYWHERE. My life, the stories I make up in my head, my friends’ lives. Literally anything that sparks my interest for long enough that I have to write it down. My favorite songs that I’ve written so far are pure storytelling, and you’ll hear a lot of them on the upcoming album.

    Q: Walk us through the songwriting process for “I Would Have Given You the Moon” and your writing process overall.

    Peach: Lyrics first, almost always. I write down the lyrics and dream up a melody as I get them down on paper and can sound out the syllables. Once I have at least a verse, pre chorus, and chorus, I’ll sit at the piano and match it up to chords. I’ll flesh out the song a bit more, and then post it online to see if my followers connect with it. This all usually happens within a few days, but “I Would Have Given You the Moon” went from an idea to a fully written song in about a half-hour, and it was posted on TikTok immediately.

    Q: Where do you see yourself growing from here?

    Peach: These singles I’m releasing now are leading up to my first album! I’m SO excited to finish it up and release it. I’ve got huge goals for my career and I’m working hard every day to be the best artist I can be in order to achieve them.

    You can listen to “I Would Have Given You the Moon” on all platforms now.