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Month: August 2023

Empty Trail’s New Single Is A Grunge Revival With A Modern Twist
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Empty Trail’s New Single Is A Grunge Revival With A Modern Twist

Alt/hard rockers Empty Trail has released their latest single, "...but One Path." The song is garnering attention for its blend of influences and style reminiscent of the grunge era of the 90s. The band's origins trace back to singer/guitarist Rick Lambert's personal project during his time in Los Angeles. From there Lambert made a significant shift by relocating to Austin in the fall of 2016. Lambert's vision for Empty Trail was rooted in a desire to infuse the grittiness of grunge with a contemporary sonic approach. He cites iconic bands like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains as key inspirations, aiming to put his own twist on their sounds. Maintaining Authenticity The current release, "...but One Path," embodies Empty Trail's commitment to maintaining authenticity while ...
Seraph. and w/out Unite on Intricately Emotional New Song, “Ache”
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Seraph. and w/out Unite on Intricately Emotional New Song, “Ache”

Two brilliant electronic music producers, Seraph. and w/out, teamed up on an intricate and emotional new song, “Ache”. This fresh wavy release serves as the second single off of Seraph.’s upcoming EP, Memento. The EP’s first tender single, “Pulse,” dropped earlier this summer. For fans of sophisticated and melodic electronic music, August 31st is the date you need to remember, as that’s the day that Memento is due out in full via The Tabula Rasa Record Company.  As for "Ache", this is a powerful song that can evoke a strong emotional response no matter how many times you hear it. At the heart of the song is this complicated, nostalgic feeling. We recommend that you take some time to find a quiet space listen to this track so you can feel it for yourself-- "Ache" i...
AlienBlaze Enters her Villain Era with “Enemies With Benefits”
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AlienBlaze Enters her Villain Era with “Enemies With Benefits”

UK-based singer-songwriter AlienBlaze is back with a catchy new genre-defiant song, "Enemies With Benefits," out now via Sumerian Records. This release marks the artist's third with the label since her 2022 signing. It follows her inaugural single, "Not Yours Never Was," and her recent collaboration with OmenXIII, "Lovesick". Produced by The Nocturns, and loosely inspired by Elton John's “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," AlienBlaze denotes this song as one of her favorite releases to date. We definitely can see why. Make sure to take a few minutes and check this one out. Watch the music video for "Enemies With Benefits" by AlienBlaze on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvl9WWuPkMg With lyrics like "I want to stamp all over your ego with my platform heel..." and "I’ll ...
‘Bottoms’ is an Instant Comedy Classic (Review)
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‘Bottoms’ is an Instant Comedy Classic (Review)

While promoting her debut film 'Shiva Baby,' director Emma Seligman talked about how her next movie would be a "campy queer high school comedy in the vein of 'Wet American Summer but more for a Gen-Z queer audience." She has delivered with a wildly outrageous film called 'Bottoms.' PJ (Rachel Sennott) and Josie (Ayo Edebari) are hopelessly disliked at their high school. It's not because they are openly gay, but actually because they're "ugly and untalented." The two are desperate to lose their virginity before going off to college, but can't get any girls to look their way. That all changes once they form a "fight club" to attract the attention of some popular cheerleaders in their senior class. The unorthodox extracurricular activity brings the girls to them, but can they clos...
Madi Das & Dave Stringer Unveil ‘Mantra Americana II’
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Madi Das & Dave Stringer Unveil ‘Mantra Americana II’

Grammy-nominated artists Madi Das and Dave Stringer have unveiled their eagerly awaited new album. Mantra Americana II is a step forward for the duo. Their unique style can be described as a fusion of Sanskrit with Soul and Country & Eastern. They've captured the terms "Roots & Ragas" or "Nashville meets Namasté." to describe the captivating blend of influences. Celebrated guest musicians Greg Leisz, Dean Parks, and Mitchel Foreman all appear on the album. With instruments ranging from dobro and mandolin to pedal steel, accordion, piano, and Hammond organ, expect a unique fusion of sounds. The lead vocals offer a unique twist, drawing inspiration from Johnny Cash while backing harmonies evoke a Laurel Canyon sound reminiscent of the '70s. Mantra Americana II effortlessl...
Of Mice & Men Share New Video for “Castaway” + More
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Of Mice & Men Share New Video for “Castaway” + More

In case you missed it, California-based hard rock band Of Mice & Men just released a poignant new single, "Castaway," off of their upcoming album, Tether. This single comes accompanied by a gorgeous new black-and-white music video; the full album is due out October 6th via Sharptone Records. The news doesn't end there. Of Mice & Men are also hitting the road later this year. Find all the details and more, below. Watch the new music video for "Castaway" by Of Mice & Men on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdN88l0E0Ro "Castaway" speaks to an experience familiar to many, especially in a "post"-pandemic world. We all have those friends and loved ones who tend to disappear when things get tough. Whether this is an avoidant behavior pattern, mental illness...
SWMRS Releases Catchy And Reflective Single “Little Miss Sunshine”
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SWMRS Releases Catchy And Reflective Single “Little Miss Sunshine”

The talented Becker brothers, Max and Cole, are back with their band SWMRS. They're gearing up to drop their third studio album Sonic Tonic on October 27th. They're already making waves with the release of their fresh single, "Little Miss Sunshine." Photo Credit: Bryan Anton SWMRS' music is all about embracing life's unpredictable twists and turns, drawing a parallel to the ever-changing ocean currents. With the addition of their bass-playing brother, Cade Becker, the band's lineup is stronger than ever, promising a sonic experience that's as electrifying as it is heartfelt. Their latest single, "Little Miss Sunshine," is a nostalgic reflection on life's highs and lows, capturing those moments of invincibility we all cherish. The music video, featuring their charismatic grandma, ...
Wave Nation: ADE 2023 Lineup Announced
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Wave Nation: ADE 2023 Lineup Announced

Welcome to Wave Nation: Amsterdam, the 2nd annual wave music event presented during ADE--this year, featuring artists like Skeler, REMNANT.exe, and more. Read on to find all the need-to-know details about the show, and why this one's particularly special to us here at MendoWerks. If you are planning on heading to the Amsterdam Dance Event in 2023, trust us when we say that this is the show to add to your schedule if you want to understand what's hot in underground electronic music right now. Buyer beware-- the first two ticket tiers are already sold out! Wave Nation: ADE lineup, featuring Skeler, REMNANT.exe, and... Welcome to Wave Nation: Amsterdam, the 2nd annual wave music event presented during ADE by some familiar faces. This year, the wave scene is hosted by Wave...
Atreyu Unveils Empowering EP ‘The Moment You Find Your Flame’
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Atreyu Unveils Empowering EP ‘The Moment You Find Your Flame’

Brace yourselves for a sonic journey as Atreyu unleashes The Moment You Find Your Flame EP courtesy of Spinefarm. Front and center in this release is the visually captivating video for "Immortal." The band dishes out a profound lesson on harnessing the power of negativity to fuel one's drive. It's a message that resonates deep, drawn from the band's own brush with fame's trials and tribulations. As Brandon Saller, the charismatic frontman, puts it: "We’ve never had things easy. But the only thing that matters is doing what we love for the people that love us." Atreyu In The Studio Atreyu worked with their longtime collaborator John Feldmann on The Moment You Find Your Flame. The EP delves into the struggle of self-discovery, embracing self-worth, and facing the shadows of se...
Parkway Drive Announces 20th Anniversary Tour: ‘Monsters of Oz’
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Parkway Drive Announces 20th Anniversary Tour: ‘Monsters of Oz’

The legends that make up Australia-based metalcore band Parkway Drive have a few reasons to celebrate this weekend. It's their 20th anniversary together as a band, which is huge news in of itself... but they're also releasing their 2004 debut EP, Don't Close Their Eyes, on vinyl for the first time, too.That's not all: Parkway Drive is bringing the celebration to North America with an anniversary tour across the United States come September. Find all the details, and more, below. Get to know Parkway Drive's music: Parkway Drive's most recent album, Darker Still, was released last year via Epitaph Records. Check out the title track on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEtO2yaX304 Don't Close Your Eyes out on vinyl for the first time As part of the anniversary c...