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On this edition of new music Monday, I present the Denver band Glass Delirium. I first saw them February of 2013 in Colorado Springs and from the get-go enjoyed what I heard. There’s always something to be said about chicks in rock and this band has two lovely ladies and they absolutely KILL it.  Michelle has a set of pipes that are unbelievable and Aeon makes playing bass look easy and hot (assuming you’re into gals who can rock the hell out of their instrument). Then you bring in Scott who is one of the most talented guitarists I know (and I know a lot of them) and his long, luscious locks and you’re hooked. Just when you think you can’t be hooked any harder, you realize this band isn’t just guitars, drums, and killer vocals, but also incorporates a keyboard which gives it an edge and makes every song stand out even more. I’m not sure where their influences lie, but there are some tidbits that remind me personally a little bit of Lacuna Coil, another band I love, so that’s cool for me!

From their Facebook bio: “A ‘make you want to headbang while your feet do the jitterbug’ type of band …. Since conception, Glass Delirium has been exploring the depths of what it means to create. They are a progressive alternative rock band with roots in classical, jazz, pop, metal, and soundtracks. Vocalist Michelle leads this dynamic group with a diverse edge, teeter-tottering between the sultry and the powerhouse. She is driven by the atmospherically technical duality of guitarist Scott and pianist David, and supported by the rigid rhythmic manipulation of Aeon on bass and Pat on drums. Crafting a marriage between the marketable and the experimental, every song they write spins a web of individuality that radiates passion and pulls you by your heartstrings deeper into the stylistic niche they have developed.

Glass Delirium takes pride in their stage productions and their ability to captivate a spectator in an extended moment of passion. These events are renowned by fans and executives alike for their ability to capture the essence of the art, promote beauty within chaos, and extend a universal unity amongst all who participate. High demand for this entrancing elegance keeps Glass Delirium on their feet, whether they are supporting national artists or headlining, at home or abroad.” 

One of my favorites from them is “Reality” but I also really like “Beside Myself“, “Consequential Halo“, “Snowy London“, and “Beautiful Plaything” to name a few others worth checking out.  If you’re fortunate enough to be in the Denver area, come to the show on 5/31 at the Bluebird. You can bet I’ll be there!

Also see what they have going on here:
http://www.glassdelirium.com 
Twitter: @GlassDelirium
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnZclc-NJydzdT572D1Vbxw/videos

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So I frequently listen to the Music Choice channels on TV and fairly often, I can be found listening to the rock channel. A few months ago I heard this song and thought it sounded a little familiar but I was really into it. That particular song was “Stripped“, originally by Depeche Mode. I’ll be totally honest, I’m not a huge Depeche Mode fan but the way Message to Venus covered this song gave it an entirely different feel. They keep some of the core elements of the song, but give it (in my opinion) a little bit of a darker emotional feel. I love it and that was the song that first made me notice Message to Venus.

I checked out other songs by them, enjoyed what I heard, and after realizing the potential, I followed them on Twitter. Now, I’ve mentioned it is a big deal to me when bands actually acknowledge me and appreciate the fact that I enjoy their music. These guys sent me a message to check out their music right when I followed them. I know, you’re thinking “Um, a lot of bands do that” but when I responded and said I’d actually heard and enjoyed some stuff, they RESPONDED back, thanking me for my support and sending me a link to a free download. When I shared them for a new music Monday feature, they retweeted and replied again thanking me for spreading the word. Not a ton of effort, but something that goes a long way for me and that a lot of bands don’t take the time to do.

Their Reverbnation bio reads as follows” Stirring inuences ranging from the aura of Tool, the innovation of The Mars Volta and the classic presentation of Led Zeppelin into a melting pot of melodic heaviness, Florida-based Puerto Rico-native rockers Message To Venus have risen to the forefront of the independent music scene, drawing comparisons to established acts such as The Deftones, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains. Making their first official mark on the music scene in 2011 with the release of their debut single “Universal You”, from the subsequent EP The Envelope, M2V were warmly welcomed by rock fans from around the globe. Praised by established artists such as Godsmack and Halestorm, receiving weekly spins at Octane and MusicChoice (among many others) and being featured in the motion picture The Witness (El Testigo) have all added to the band’s growing portfolio of accomplishments. Feeling as though fate was nudging them in a specic direction, the members of Message To Venus made the decision to relocate to Miami, Florida in order to continue to promote their music, as well as to record their debut full-length album, Victims & Villains. “Puerto Rico is beautiful… it’s our home”, explains guitarist John Feliciano. “We play there as often as we can, but in order to expand globally we want to be planted on soil where touring opportunities are more frequent.” 

I implore you to check them out! I’ll share my favorite of their songs, “Universal You” with you. Also find them at any of the pages linked below.
http://www.twitter.com/messagetovenus
http://messagetovenus.storenvy.com/
http://myspace.com/messagetovenus
http://messagetovenus.tumblr.com/
http://www.purevolume.com/messagetovenus
http://www.reverbnation.com/messagetovenus
https://www.facebook.com/messagetovenus/info

Alright it’s New Music Monday and that’s easily one of my favorite days of the week. If it’s not obvious by the other posts and what this blog is all about, I love music, finding new music, and sharing new music. Today is kind of a special one because I actually have an exclusive song, one that isn’t available on iTunes or Spotify…yet. It will be available on 5/13/14. So let’s get into it.

Averse to the End is a Denver band that I discovered towards the end of 2013. I’ve seen more bands than I could count or remember so when one sticks out to me, I make it a point to follow what they’re doing and try to be a presence at shows. What really impressed me was after the first show I saw I went up to each of them and simply said something like, “Hey, I’m April- I go to a lot of shows and I really enjoyed your set” and they thanked me and that was that. Maybe 6 weeks after I was at another show and ran into bassist, Trevor who actually remembered me and made it a point to say hi. Things like that really go a  long way with me. I know musicians meet a  lot of people, but when they remember who they meet, that seems significant to me and I really appreciate it. I would also like to happily mention, he’s not the only one who’s reached out and remembered meeting me which is so cool. I like bands a lot more when they’re not only good musically, but are also awesome as people and these guys all seem pretty great.

Another thing this band does that’s important to me is have variety in their songs- it’s not just similar sounding instrumentals with different lyrics. With this new song, I can pick up a little Chevelle influence, especially at about 2 minutes in and there’s something else it slightly reminds me of, but I haven’t been able to pin exactly what yet– I’ll just have to keep listening 😉

Have a listen and if you can help me pin down what other influence I hear there will be cool points awarded.  Click here to be directed to the YouTube site since it won’t let me link it the way I’d like for whatever reason.
Other songs I really like “Here in the End“, “Cutting the Ties” (both acoustic and not), and “I Tried” but I can’t wait to rock out to “Fists Up” at the next show.

Twitter: @Aversetotheend

Question:  Do you like chicks who rock? You do?! Go ahead and check out Denver locals Scarlet Canary and their video for “Why The Caged Bird Screams”.

I first met this band a little over two years ago and seeing how much progress they’ve made since has been incredible.  I’ll be 100% honest, their drummer, Ryan, is my favorite drummer to watch. I am friends with a lot of drummers so saying something like that is not anything I take lightly. When Ryan gets behind his kit, it’s almost magical. You can really tell he’s doing what he loves, what he’s pretty damn good at, and he’s having fun doing it. As a fan, that’s something I really appreciate seeing.

Yes, that's a drummer in mid-air mid-song

Yes, that’s a drummer in mid-air mid-song *

Of course I can’t talk about Scarlet Canary without mentioning the lovely miss Hannah who has a voice that does things my voice can’t even fathom. She nails it from ballads to screams, all while making sure the audience is engaged, and sometimes even with a pretty killer guitar player (Allen) wrapped around her leg. The stage presence of this band speaks for itself and even with a couple new members coming on board, I have no doubts they’ll continue to impress me.

Not something you see every day!  *

Not something you see every day! *

Their official Facebook bio reads like this: “Yellow Canaries are known for their ability to sing in order to warn miners of danger. A Scarlet Canary is known for her ability to scream into the dark caverns below just to get better reverb and hit a higher harmony. Forget the age old idea that a canary is a weak bird that’s only purpose is to comfort old ladies and outsmart cartoon cats. Scarlet Canary has played with national acts, such as Skillet and Saliva, while touring with Stitched Up Heart and is led by the talented young Hannah Haze who lists In This Moment and Halestorm among her top influences. Scarlet Canary is an energetic rock act balancing heavier dropped guitars and deep driving toms that back clean hard rock inspired vocals. Just when the music has reached a climatic bridge it is not uncommon for Ms. Haze to scream into the crowd. Hannah is a bird of prey ready to show any audience why the caged bird screams.” 

“Blink”, “Two Bullets”, “Breathe”, and “Distorted Reality” are some of my personal favorites.
Check them out at any of these places (and iTunes) as well:
Merch: http://scarletcanarymerch.bigcartel.com/products
www.scarletcanary.wix.com/scarlet-canary
http://soundcloud.com/scarlet-canary
https://twitter.com/ScarletCanary1
http://scarletcanary.bandcamp.com/
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheScarletCanary
http://www.reverbnation.com/scarletcanary
https://new.myspace.com/scarletcanary

* I did not personally take these pictures and do not own them, just borrowed off their Facebook page–

First post! Here’s how it’ll go– I’ll share little tidbits about the band, then I’ll link to the song and their associated pages, and recommend any other songs to check out if you like what you hear. You can tell me your thoughts in the comments if you’d like, but all I ask is that you listen. Here goes:

Among all the bands I’ve ever listened to live or otherwise, Lost Point has to be one of my favorites. Lucky for me, they are a Denver band, which means I get to see them perform often- and boy they put on a hell of a show! You start watching one of them and think “WOW” and then another catches your eye and the “wow-factor” begins all over again. This band is composed of five of the most down-to-earth, all around awesome guys you could hope to meet. Not to mention, they win best hair.

Here’s a little excerpt from their Facebook bio: “Lost Point, is a band that hit the Colorado music scene with such unique style, power and strength that they are known all over the world. Finding success with the title of Clear Channel’s Best Band in Denver was just the beginning. After the release of their freshman album,” All Dressed Up”, success was a sure fire prelude. From headlining multiple sell-out shows, receiving national radio markettesting, to full local radio airplay on Clear Channel stations, and being hand-picked by Kevin Lyman for the Vans Warped Tour. Lost Point is ready to bring forth the hardest hitting, gut-punching and lyrically geared product possible. Preparing for an Uprising in the National Music Scene is the path that is ahead of this steadfast band. With major tours, national sponsorships and leading label interest within the future of this band, Lost Point will surely find a permanent home in the National Music Scene.” 

Their new single, “Tomorrow“, was a major crowd pleaser at their 4/26/14 show and you can find that here.   You can find more information, songs, and their official video for “Hollywood Girl”  here on their Reverbnation page.

My personal favorites are “Burn Me Alive“, “Between Foe“, “Love“, “They Say“, and “Black Angel” to name just a few 😉 You can find the album “All Dressed Up” on iTunes.  And if you’re in the Denver area, come check them out May 10th at Herman’s Hideaway!

Just look at that hair!

Just look at that hair!

I consider myself lucky to call these guys friends :)

I consider myself lucky to call these guys friends 🙂