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The 5-piece Australian electropop/funk band Parcels came together out of the ashes of multiple projects throughout junior and senior high school, but by 2014, with the lineup in hand, the guys were off and running. Parcels music style is often compared to multiple 1960s and 70s groups like The Beatles and The Beach Boys, but with influences from Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye, and Toto. With only an EP released in 2015, the band was performing their first show in France when luck would have it, Daft Punk was in attendance. The duo ultimately produced a song with the group which opened up many more doors. It’s easy to get lost in the throw-back disco meets electro-pop tracks that seem to keep the positive mood up relentlessly track to track, but there are also massive chops layered within the songs. Funky bass lines, plunky funk guitars, and vocal harmonies all lend a hand to creating a fresh sound for Parcels. Now based in Germany, the band released a live studio album amidst the COVID-19 pandemic titled Live Vol. 1. The record was done at Hansa Studios, famous for sessions by artists like David Bowie and Iggy Pop.
Watch: “Live Vol. 1” official music video.
Sounds Like: Jungle, The Bee Gees, Daft Punk (Random Access Memories era)
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Bedroom pop isn’t just for lofi hip hop and shoegaze lovers. Crooked Teeth bring it for the emo kids as well. Brainchild project of Tyson Evans, Crooked Teeth combine larger than life big rock sounds with experimental industrial influences to cross over alternative music. Mixing those vibes with vulnerable lyrics has created a wave of connections for the band with support from iconic radio stations like BBC1, KROQ, and Alt105, an Auditotree session, and support slots with artists like This Wild Life and Grayscale. People are quickly taking notice and keeping their eyes peeled. Check out the latest single from Crooked Teeth titled “Light Me Up” ft. Talker below.
Watch: “Light Me Up” ft. Talker official music video.
Sounds Like: Trash Boat, Like Pacific, Death Cab for Cutie
Gear: Ernie Ball Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Slinky electric guitar strings, Super Slinky bass strings, and Ernie Ball Braided Cables, and a Sterling By Music Man – Jared Dines Artist Series StingRay guitar.
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We’d like to extend a Welcome to the J.Scott to the Ernie Ball Family by celebrating his “So Sorry” debut. This is a collaboration between J.Scott and Joey Fleming (In Her Own Words) – two New York natives who are both adding to the host of voices redefining what it means to be alternative and emo in 2021. Like Machine Gun Kelly, blackbear, & 24kGoldn before him, J.Scott combines DIY punk-rock ethos with hip-hop entrepreneur mentality — rapidly releasing music & content to his ever-growing fanbase.
Sounds Like: blackbear, Yungblud, Machine Gun Kelly
Gear: Ernie Ball Cobalt Power Slinky electric guitar strings.