Who said rock ‘n’ roll was dead? Long live! Them Evils!

Who said rock ‘n’ roll was dead? Young, fun, and full of…riffs, Them Evils are a 3 piece sonic assault ready to melt your face. Coming straight out of Orange County, they just released a brand new music video for their single “She’s got Nothin'”. It’s a heavy, sexy banger with some guitar licks that even Mr. Jimmy Page himself would approve of. These guys take us back to a carefree time of Marshall stacks, long hair, hot sex, and good hash. We caught up with them on the eve of their national tour with New York City band “The Pretty Reckless”, to talk about their single, what they’re most looking forward to on tour, and the things that influence them while writing music.
Q: How did the idea for this single come about? Do you have a “typical” process for writing songs?
A: Well, this song is a re recorded song previously on our “Cold Black Love” EP. It all starts with a riff and a hook line.
Q: Where did the title “She Got Nothin” come from?
A: It’s about fuckin’ a woman and that’s all she’s good for. It’s like waking up in the morning having to entertain the women that slept in your bed last night and she won’t leave when you need to be productive.
Q: You have a pretty in-your-face, ballsy sound, who are some of your influences and hereos, modern and old school? (it doesn’t necessarily have to be a musician either)
A: AC/DC, Zeppelin, Sabbath, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Judas Priest. The list goes on! I’d have to say Bon Scott is my favorite singer. He’s sexy and sleazy. He did it the best.
Q: In what ways did your previous EP, released last year, influence the “sound” production-wise on this new single?
A: It didn’t. We just always try to compose songs and albums better than the last.
Q: Any overall theme of mood that you’re trying to capture while writing songs
A: They have to be about sex, struggle, and partying. We’re young. That’s all we know about.
Q: How long have you been a band? How did you meet each other?
A: About three years. Jake and I were raised in Las Vegas on the same street. We started a band down there and decided to move closer to LA. I met David, our drummer, through a co-worker. We jammed once and the rest was history.
Q: How would you describe the sound of your new single to any potential new fan?
A: Heavy fuzz riffs with the ease and sleaze of AC/DC.
Q: You are just about to head out on tour with “The Pretty Reckless”. What parts are you most looking forward to?
A: Seeing new faces and playing to massive crowds. Partying with my best friends.
Q: What song do you guys have the most fun with live?
A: She Got Nothin’, Untold, and Have One On Me. They’re just all bangers.
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and check them out at www.themevils.com 

Lookout for “Them Evils” in a city near you throughout the rest of April and March, and as always, #enjoylocalmusic
– Ryan M. Bratton

Their comeback has reached its highest sales point since 1985.

It seems like many things from the past have been making a comeback as of late. Whether it be bright clothes and snapbacks from the 80s and early 90s, old gaming systems, or bands returning to some of the sensibilities of funky artists like Prince and Michael Jackson, we seem to be riding a wave of retro. One of the most interesting aspects of this is the resurgence of vinyl. According to the RIAA, in 2016, vinyl sales reached their highest point since 1985, contributing a sizable $430 million to the music industry. 
What’s interesting is that, according to a survey done last year by market research agency ICM Unlimited, a whopping 48% of people don’t even play their purchases, and 7% don’t even own a turntable. One might ask,
“Why are people buying music that they don’t even play?”
Well, there are a few reasons. Music has always been about much more than just the music. It identifies us. It has provided one of the most powerful ways in which can we express ourselves on a daily basis. When you walk down the street wearing your favorite band’s shirt, you are telling people “I am a part of a scene, I have a set of ideals and resonate with this artist’s sound, message, and style.” Likewise, when people walk into your home and see your favorite vinyl proudly displayed on the wall or a shelf, it can speak to the very core of who you are.
Even local bands are getting in on the action. It is an indisputable fact that these days, the most popular way to listen to music is via some form of streaming or digital download. Many artists are including a download of the album along with the purchase of a vinyl copy. This gives fans the best of both worlds as they get both the slick, statement-making record along with the convenience of being able to pop their earbuds into their phone and rock out to their heart’s content. This is exciting as it gives people a reason to buy music again, and to support their favorite artists to be able to continue to make sounds that touch our souls. As always, #enjoylocalmusic
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Written by: Ryan M. Bratton

Tunnel Vision took a trip that would go down in the record books.

It’s not everyday you get to say you’ve booked a band that holds a world record, but having booked Tunnel Vision out of San Clemente a handful of times, we get to say just that!

On February 11th, Tunnel Vision took a trip that would go down in the record books. Boarding a plane, they to head to Africa with DELA from Slightly Stupid to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at 18,652 feet and play the world highest concert, while DELA attempted the world’s highest saxophone solo.

The purpose of the record breaking event was to bring awareness to the slaughter of the African Elephant, through poaching, simply for the value of their tusks. There are just over 400,000 African Elephants left, and they are on the path to extinction in the next decade with a poaching rate of 33,000-35,000 per year, simply for their tusks.

WhiskeyBarrel Records sponsored the event which saw 300+ porters and 45 individuals to reach the mountain, and 35 individuals and 12 porters to reach the summit where Tunnel Vision performed their concert. Tunnel Vision & DELA were both successful in setting the records.

Here at OCML we want to give a big shout out to Tunnel Vision, DELA & every musician who uses their art to elicit change. Thanks for doing what you do!

WildLife First Foundation is a non-profit 503(c). Proceeds go to our anti-poaching campaign. You can donate to the campaign and help Tunnel Vision out here! 

 

Follow Tunnel Vision on www.tunnelvisionsc.com

We chatted with the guys from Broken Field Runner about their latest EP and its backstory.

Where did the name of the EP come from?

From the title track.

How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?

A weekend in August of 2016.

What kind of ‘sound’, production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?

We wanted it to sound as heavy as the songs make you feel. Jo-Jo [Rose, bass] and I also talked often and at length about our favorite interludes or skits in many hip hop records. Kendrick Lamar’s discography comes to mind immediately. We wanted to do something like that, which lent itself to Jo layering guitar, bass, synth lines, and samples in order to make this EP feel more like a complete thought.

What is one of your favorite tracks on the new EP? and why? 

“Wish You Were Here Instead of Me” is fucking dope. You’ll understand when you hear it. 

What encouraged the band to choose the current single for this new EP?

“Expecting” is the most accessible track on the record and succeeds in masking a message that’s difficult to swallow with a poppy, “two spoons of sugar” sonic feeling. Some of my favorite songs do that masterfully; Saves The Day’s “Ups & Downs” immediately comes to mind.

Any overall theme of mood that you’re trying to capture while writing songs?

I’m a big lyrics person. I connect to the words of a song first and only then get wrapped up in the rest of the music, which is a problem, because I’ve immediately written off some incredible music because I thought the lyrics were shit. For this reason, I take far too long to write simple songs. I try to find a story worth telling and tell it well. Often, that means that the mood is either heady or downright somber. I think this batch of songs leans heavily on the latter. 

How would you describe the sound of your new CD to any potential new fan?

Heavy indie rock with slowcore tendencies. Guitar-based music as a vehicle for lyrically dense story telling. That hardtimes headline that goes something like, “Musical Inability Confused as Creative Genius.”

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Order their EP Heavy Hanging Fruit  here, Purchase New EP Here or stream it by clicking Here

Saint Blasphemer releases a new EP called,”Theotokos” Listen to a preview of their latest single.

What inspired this EP? 
This EP was inspired by the need to make art out of personal and sociological conflict. Sometimes the choice comes down to holding feelings in and self-destructing or externalizing them into audio or visual mediums. Making music is a kind of exorcism.

Where did the name of the EP come from?
Theotokos means bearer of God, an appellation of Mary. I learned it in a class called In Search of the Goddess – women in religion. The cult of worship of the divine mother survived the supression of the Abrahamic religions in the symbolism of Sufi poetry, Alchemy, and other mystic systems. The title song is about Alchemy.

How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?
We recorded the music live on a Friday evening in several takes per song, and spent a couple hours recording additional vocals and guitar on one more evening.

What kind of ‘sound’, production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?
We wanted to continue the story with the same feel and grit started with our first EP released in October. We knew we had a handful of slightly more progressive songs, and hope this new disc shows some evolution in the band.

What is one of your favorite tracks on the new EP? and why? 
My favorite is Collapse, because it’s about not letting the circumstances of life beat you down or make you compromise your values. Basically, knowing when to stand your ground and say “Fuck you”.

 

What encouraged the band to choose the current single for this new EP?
After getting feedback from 10 of our closest friends, we had a pretty good idea what song to lead with.

Any overall theme or mood that you’re trying to capture while writing songs?
The first two EPs, we’ve just been trying to tell honest stories from our lives thru the lyrics and the playing. Our first full length album will follow a theme from beginning to end.

Does your vision for coming up with music get affected at all by time?
It’s hard for an artist to not to be affected by the time they live in, unless they cut themself off from society. With our music so far, obviously there is a lot of concern over the drug epidemic. Stylisticly, we try to draw from what we like best about the artists who started the grunge and alternative era, and just bring that into modern songwriting.

Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)?
Tool, Peter Gabriel, Jane’s Addiction, Stooges.

 

Check out them out at Facebook, Youtube Bandcamp where you can get their latest EP April 1st.