Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Burning Hotels release their first full length album today.

The Burning Hotels release their first full length album today. The record is titled Novels.

As you know may or may not know, we recorded this album in December of 2008 and have been working on it ever since. Thus, this project is very dear to my heart. And as you know in this business, it comes with a lot of joy and sacrifice to my family. We are all proud to be a part of the Burning Hotels. They are a fantastic group of guys.

That said, I'm sending you this album because you have been a part of this band in one way or another. Any help you could offer in getting this album out there on your social networks and/or emails would be greatly appreciated. Each album sold will go along way in moving the Burning Hotels up the iTunes charts and getting this album the attention and recognition it deserves.


Thanks so much. We could not be more excited.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Transient Songs review on Dryvetme Onlyne

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In my review of Plantation To Your Youth back in 2008, I wrote that, despite the band’s predilection for quality psychedelic Southern rock, the overall approach was a bit too fractured for me, which meant that there wasn’t much that stayed with me when the EP concluded. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I cracked open a preview copy of Cave Syndrome to hear that the group (now simply John Frum with some occasional collaborators) had retained its affection for The Byrds, Gram Parsons, and The Allman Brothers, while bringing in quite welcome spaghetti western tones and twinges of The Flaming Lips’ brand of psych-rock. The result is a more coherent full-length record that is decidedly more grown-up and structured.

Frum starts off the album with “In This Darkness Light Seeps Through” and “Smoking Slows The Healing,” two robust rock tunes that serve as a solid introduction to the record’s direction. With “Wide Open Skies” and “Golden Gardens,” we hear mournful, folky ballads that bespeak of long and lonely nighttime drives down dusty highways in the backcountry. It doesn’t hurt that there is some supple slide guitar and violin work on display casting a ghostly, ethereal mood across songs like “The Cancer In Our Bloodlines” and “A Burrow Patch.”

The only time that the record loses a bit of focus is with “Greenwoods Backyards” and “Astoria,” which are brief, under-two-minute attempts to slow down and/or shift the tone of the record. While I understand what Frum is trying to accomplish in those instances, they really just confused me and caused me to lose track of where the music was heading next.

In spite of those awkward transitions, I think that Transient Songs has crafted a good from-dusk-to-dawn record in Cave Syndrome, one inspired by both the American troubadour tradition and the classic American need to let off steam with a long, meditative drive. Just listen to the standout track “Sin Through The Summer” and tell me you don’t hear a classic, top-down, hair-blowing-in-the-wind road trip rock song.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


We are giving away a FREE single today from Bonedome's upcoming release "THINKTANKUBATOR"

Call it layered, indie prog-rock if you must. Or David Bowie channeling a Texan with anger issues. Try Love & Rockets covering the most vicious songs Elvis Costello ever wrote, or Bob Mould leading a more restrained and catchier ELO?

Grab the mp3 here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Music: Bonedome: Thinktankubator


Music: Bonedome: Thinktankubator
Our Take

Bonedome is one of those bands whose music contains a little bit of everything rock related. On their debut effort, the group has elements of classic rock, progressive rock, and alternative rock (among others) all mixed into one cohesive sound. While this may sound as though it is going to result in a very disjointed effort, the band’s debut effort Thinktankubator is actually a very layered effort that will have listeners analyzing every single song just to find out what influences it pulls from. And although there are some slightly weaker tracks, the overall album is very strong and should keep people interested.

Despite the fact that almost every song on Thinktankubator has a slightly different sound from the last all of the tracks fit in with one another and nothing is ever thrown at the listener that seems unnatural or out of place. Bonedome clearly is interested in always offering something new, as one minute they might be playing old school progressive rock while the next they are playing more modern alternative rock. There’s certainly a lot to like, as the instrumentalists put a lot of emphasis on creating catchy melodic riffs that make all of their different styles to stick with listeners. Admittedly there is a song or two where the sounds just kind of fade into the background and don’t grab your attention, but as a whole this album does stand out.

Vocalist Allan Hayslip sounds as though he was ripped out of the halls of classic rock as his singing is very reminiscent of a number of rock vocalists from the late 60’s and early 70’s. Hayslip is backed up by some of the other musicians and this is often used to create some very cool harmonies. What is even more impressive is how he is able to adapt his style to fit all of the different instrumental arrangements without sounding awkward. Despite the fact that his voice gives Bonedome a slight retro vibe, this doesn’t make the group sound dated at all and actually helps them out.

Thinktankubator is a very interesting release that manages to mix retro and modern rock together to create material that should attract listeners both young and old. There is still some room for the band to grow and continue to expand on all of their various instrumental styles but as of right now they’re still memorable. Look for Bonedome to be in a lot more places in the next few years as they have lots of potential.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010



Transient Songs — Cave Syndrome on THREE IMAGINARY GIRLS

Transient Songs — Cave Syndrome

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{Indian Casino Records}

Opening with slide guitar reminiscent of "My Sweet Lord" from All Things Must Pass, the first solo album by George Harrison, Cave Syndrome, instantly takes off where previous EP, Plantation To Your Youth, left off. The low key Seattle based continues to unveil high quality recordings that are unique in this saturated market of Northwest pop. There are equal parts Big Star and The Church incorporated into the new album with its woozy, late night atmosphere.

Flourishes of vibrant psychedelic guitar canvass the straightforward songwriting of John Frum. This one is also close to home as there are numerous mentions of Northwest places in both the song titles and the lyrics. Cave Syndrome works well as a whole, but highlights include the all too short garage rock driven "Greenwood Backyards" and the stunningly gorgeous epic, "The Cancer In Our Bloodlines." Perhaps the albums apex, the track incorporates some beautiful violin playing by Amanda Lamprecht. The droning, dark shadows of "Golden Gardens" recall the location in the dead of winter when the bulk of the summer crowd has stayed away for some time. It's slow acoustic guitar rhythm provides the lonely sense of wonder and doubt that would occur if sitting on the deserted beach at sunset.

One wishes there was more music like this in the current Seattle scene, but this also contributes to the unique, memorable and untrendy characteristics contained within Cave Syndrome. That said, whether there were more bands like this around or not, Transient Songs produce some fantastic music that is worth your attention. This is the stuff of vintage guitars, a bottle of wine, some candles and then maybe a midnight drive through the wilderness. If this makes any sense to you, please purchase this record.




Impose Magazine reviews Transient Songs

Transient Songs, Cave Syndrome

Transient Songs , Cave Syndrome [Indian Casino]


By Anthony Mark Happel » It is necessary to note right from the outset that this is not the new Mercury Rev album.

I say that because John Frum, the primary human component in Transient Songs, can sound so much like Jonathan Donahue of Mercury Rev it is possible to easily mistake this for something it is not. And, strange as this may sound, that actually turns out to be a compliment. There, that’s out of the way.

Frum is his own version of a one-man wrecking crew, since he plays almost everything on the record, with some guests joining him on cello, violin, bass, drums, and screams. The story is that he created this set of songs, over the course of the last year or so, by himself in his Seattle home studio (The Snakepit). Hence the hermetic title of the album.

He opens the album with a dynamite number entitled, “In this Darkness Light Seeps Through,” and its lofty, wandering melody line is the first confusing element in this eclectic melange. After the vocals really kick in there are moments when all the lines are blurred and you’re completely lost in the haze of everything that’s swirling around you. Then, he moves away from that initial core sound and pushes the jangly factor up a little more on “Smoking Slows the Healing.”

Some of this possesses a naturalistic, post-R.E.M. jangle-rock quality, and that washes over into another late 80s/early 90s stream that seems to carry with it some of the free spirit of a band like the Windbreakers. Frum, the lone wolf, avoids the “bedroom artist/bedroom athlete” syndrome by looking out of his lair toward the world, and by communicating more outwardly with his compositions; overall, it comes across as less brooding than some of his musical contemporaries, but still retains the powerful purging effect. This is a rock solid piece of work in an era when that is becoming a rarity.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

No Go Know – Time Has Nothing to Do With It

No Go Know – Time Has Nothing to Do With It
(The Union Records)
by Matt

This record seems to be the odd man out from this bunch of reviews. First off, I have a soft spot for double albums so it’s a no brainer to at least mention a band who can pull off this daunting task and keep it remotely listenable. Secondly, plenty of bands outside of the metal genre are pretty damn good – we at SRG.com tend to put the more eclectic selections on the back burner sometimes to stay focused on more hardcore shit.

No Go Know would not be entirely out of place in the 1970s. What is missing - and missing in an awesome way - is rock pretentiousness. It's straightforward rock with a touch of prog, but more of a spaced-out kind of prog. The band hits their stride when they rock a little harder, some of the softer tunes are borderline whiny but bearable next to damn near danceable gems like "Good God".

It’s apparent the band has taken careful consideration to the scope of this album. Double albums are usually vulnerable to filler, yet none of the songs on ‘Time Has Nothing to Do With It’ feel as such. Careful atmospherics and thoughtful lyrics really shine on tracks like “There is no End to What We Need” and the overall flow of the tracks is good. It may not be something totally earth-shattering, but it is a listenable album perfect for a rainy afternoon of contemplating the world.


"Austin's Birthday", The Burning Hotels

"Austin's Birthday", The Burning Hotels
What, one piece of nearly perfect rock ear candy isn't enough for you? Boy,
you sure are greedy. Alright then, I'll throw you the new single from The
Burning Hotels. This is a band that knows how to write some great pop hooks,
as this song is proof. You think you'll listen and not be humming it to
yourself the next day? Good luck with that one.


Music for Animals: dedicated to the music, dedicated to the fans

Music for Animals: dedicated to the music, dedicated to the fans

Natalye Childress Smith

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Music for Animals, photo by Debra A. ZellerMusic for Animals is one of those bands people can't help but love. The group is dedicated to the music and dedicated to the fans, and with a combination like that, the band is nearly unstoppable.

The San Francisco Bay Area-based foursome has been around for nearly five years and is arguably one of the more successful local acts for that very reason of dedication.

Members Jay Martinovich (vocals, guitar), Nick Bray (guitar, vocals), Eli Meyskens (bass, vocals) and Ryan Malley (drums, vocals) began playing shows together as Music for Animals in 2006, and have been going non-stop since then.

The band plays a mixture of catchy pop music with a heavy infusion of dance hooks, featuring bright jangling guitars, a deep and vibrating bass, steady solid drumming and breathy vocals bordering on seriously sexy – think Justin Timberlake’s pipes with a backup band akin to something like Hot Hot Heat or the Killers – but with a twist all its own.

The band’s sound isn’t something that was discussed or preplanned, but rather something that occurred organically.

“It’s just the music that came out when we started playing,” Meyskens said.

The natural ease and musical chemistry between the members is undeniable, and the group’s songwriting process is demonstrative of this very idea. When practicing, the band members will all start working on a song together by jamming until something formidable appears.

“We kind of play until the song comes out,” Meyskens explained.

Not long after the group officially formed, it self-released an EP, “Transmission”. Music for Animals then began playing small shows in and around San Francisco, until the band caught the attention of the folks at Three Ring Records, and was promptly signed to the label.

Next came the release of the first full-length, a self-titled album fondly referred to as “The Red Album”. Subsequently, Music for Animals took off on a national tour and gained a following, which eventually made the band a favorite with college radio stations nationwide and local station Live 105.

Since then, the band has gone on additional independent tours, and played South by Southwest last year. The group is now in its third year playing Noise Pop, but after two years of playing parties, tomorrow’s show at The Independent will be its first official showcase show, something the members are excited about.

Music for Animals also recorded another release with a producer it met on tour, but hasn’t made definitive plans about when and how to put out a recording in conjunction with a label.

“We’ve put it out in a couple different forms,” Meyskens said, referring to the availability of the album in digital formats like iTunes. “[But] it still hasn’t been officially put out, except for by us.”

And the group can’t say for certain if the EP – “If Looks Could Kill” – will ever be released through venues other than the band itself, particularly with the advent of online distribution for artists.

“The whole thing about the industry now is that you can really do a lot on your own…[and still] be successful,” Meyskens said.

Not only that, but the band is working on new material, which could end up released through a label with the songs from the EP, or alternately could be the basis for a new album.

But like most every band working hard to promote itself independently, Music for Animals struggles with the difficulties of musician life, particularly the balance between wanting to play music full-time and having to make a living.

“Everybody kind of thinks that you’re doing really well, [but] it’s hard to just survive off music,” Meyskens shared. “That’s all we want to do and there [are] ways to make it happen.”

Yet the road to becoming successful isn’t easy. And many musicians have to decide if its more important to make money or to make the fans happy. Music for Animals is one such band that has the tendency to put the fans first. The group routinely sacrifices making profit off its music and instead hands out download codes for free at shows, in order to gain more exposure.

“We want everybody to leave with music,” Meyskens said.

And that’s what is mainly unique about Music for Animals: the band’s overt love of its fans. Aside from the Bay Area, its largest fan base is in San Diego, a city the band makes a point of playing nearly once every six weeks.

As of late, the group’s main focus has been on playing shows on the West Coast, but members say they won’t limit themselves to California.

“We’ll follow where people want us,” Meyskens said.

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Noise Pop: A last-minute slacker's guide : MUSIC FOR ANIMALS


Noise Pop: A last-minute slacker's guide

Music for Animals -- always available

An exhausting week of show after show has arrived, and it’s hard to say no to such a thick lineup of interesting indie. That is, if you had a choice. If you’ve already got your tickets, my mother would be proud. If you are among the league of last-minute fools, be forewarned -- you are officially SOL (insert Debbie Downer "whaw whaw" here). Lots of shows are sold out, including almost everything I had my eye on: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zones, Loquat, Best Coast, Zee Avi, Atlas Sound, Four Tet, Mirah... So, if you’re like me and staggering to find your place in Noise Pop, here’s a guide to what’s best of what’s left.

CHICAGOIST gives away MP3: Pictures Of Then "When It Stings"

DOWNLOAD Then SEE: Pictures Of Then + Felili


TOP: Felili, BOTTOM: Pictures Of ThenIt's been a while since we saw any bands passing through Elbo Room that piqued our interest, but tonight sees not one but two promising bands appearing on the club's basement stage.

Opening tonight's show is Texas to Brooklyn transplant Felili who is touring behind her debut, The Moon. The album is a melange of production styles creating aural pastiches around Felili's bright but slightly smokey vocals. Her bio compares her delivery to that of Karen O, and while Felili certainly doesn't share O's grasp of abandon and danger, they do both have powerful instruments at their disposal. The Moon is a promising debut but we admit we're curious to see if it's subtle touches and flourishes will carry over to a live setting.

Closing out the evening is Pictures Of Then, visiting us from Minneapolis. Their latest album And The Wicked Sea has undergone repeat listens from us primarily because we've been trying to discern whether we really like their tuns, or if they're just especially adept at manufacturing music that hits the right buttons. There's a touch of glam, a healthy dose of Britpop, and an odd but totally fitting injection of Midwestern roots rock (read: swagger, not countrified Americana). The fact that the disc has warranted so many repeat listens may make whatever eventual critical judgment we arrive at moot since it's already done a pretty fine job of doing what some music is just meant to do; feel good. As long as the band avoids the smidgen of plodding numbers from the middle of their latest album their live show should prove an energetically god time.

MP3: Pictures Of Then "When It Stings"


Jessie Torrisi "Brûler Brûler" (Wild Curls 2009)

Funny how different albums get you hooked in different ways, in track five Runaway Train the question’s asked “what’s it gonna take to get your attention” with this debut from Jessie Torrori it was the gorgeous vocal that grabbed my attention immediately and got me listening a little closer.

Jessie has moved from playing drums for a series of New York rock bands to fronting her own band based out of Austin and Brûler Brûler (Burn Burn) “a metaphor for passion” is the result - an eight track album of superior indie pop with a light dusting of alt-country, Jessie is supported by The Please Please Me, Paul Mercurio (bass, guitar, drum) and Alissa Schram (cello, melodica, bass) - there’s a host of other instruments in play on the album, but without liner notes they shall have to remain anonymous.

It’s all over too quickly at 30 minutes, but there’s no filler in this classy collection of tunes, for eMusic subscribers get the album here for you iTunes junkies it’s here.

Track five Runaway Trainread it here

Pictures Of Then reviewed on ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER

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The Wicked Sea

Minneapolis-based Pictures Of Then have gambled by making their name a reference to the past, though it doesn’t turn out to be so much of a risk.

Appearing: Tuesday, February 23rd at Elbo Room in Chicago.

The reward might not be too great, but The Wicked Sea is a mostly charming, loosely performed collection of melodic indie pop. The album art and title seem to nod to The Decemberists, but this isn’t a literary quest balancing epic prog ambition against folk pop. Falling in line with Blitzen Trapper and Voxtrot with a hint of Cheap Trick, where Pictures Of Then come up short is hooks. Their grasp of power pop is firm, however tracks like “Nowhere Is Somewhere” and “Questions Anyone?” don’t bend their lyrical approach to hooks cleverly enough, leaving a string of wordy anthems in their place. The band have a lot to say, they just need to learn how better — which “When It Sings” does — to say it.


– Steve Forstneger

Friday, April 2, 2010



The Burning Hotels

(Fort Worth, Texas, USA)

Novels (11-song album)


(7 out of 10)


The Burning Hotels bouncy 80's drumbeats admirably keep tempos up where few
bands (short of hardcore and speed metal) have gone since DEVO's 1980 hit
"Whip It". Add to that, driving guitar rhythms of "War"-era U2 and
urgent-style singing of New Order, and you would think the resulting mix
would be a pleasing reminiscence for those in their fourth decade of life.

Curiously though, this amalgam, and ones similar are more likely to be hits
where twentysomethings gather. Novel is repetitive enough to appeal to the
dance crowds who want to work themselves up into a lather in the course of
one song, but a few times TBH pleasantly break up the momentum with quirky
drumfills and stop-start action (especially on "First Love" and "Where's My

This is the type of album that, when played at a party, will have lots of
people asking what it is, alternately approving and against. -- A.S.



Review by Greg Prato
Circa the early 21st century, many an alt-rock group seemed to be comprised
of seemingly hopeless romantics, wearing their hearts on their sleeves (and
looking like a bunch of "boys next door"). And certainly, the Burning Hotels
fit this description - to a T - as evidenced by their 2010 full-length
debut, Novels. Like quite a few rock bands of yore, on their debut disc the
Burning Hotels lean a tad too heavily on the sounds of other renowned
bands - and in the process, they create tunes that sound akin to the
same-sounding mainstream alt-rock you'd hear blaring when shopping at Urban
Outfitters. On such tunes as the album-opening "Austin's Birthday,"
similarities to the Killers (especially singer Chance Morgan, who often
bears a resemblance to the vocalisms of lead Killer Brandon Flowers) are
noticeable. However, it quickly becomes clear that the Strokes are the
Burning Hotels' main influence. And it's this influence that is prevalent
throughout the disc, especially on such standouts as "Boy or a Girl,"
"Time," and "First Love" - all of which contain some very Strokesy vocals
and guitar work, as well as the Strokes' trademark "subway-racing tempo" (à
la "Reptilia," "Juicebox," etc.). Add it all up, and you're left with an
important question - does this group of Texans bring anything new to the
table? At this stage of the game, the answer is no, due to the
aforementioned "too close for comfort" similarities to other bands. Time
will tell if the Burning Hotels shed their influences and find their own
voice on subsequent albums. And if they do, Novels could be looked back upon
as an important building block.

"Austin's Birthday" Video and mp3 - The Burning Hotels

"Austin's Birthday" Video and mp3 - The Burning Hotels
Author: Skelly March 9th, 2010

It seems no matter how often I search or how vigilant I stand, great music
always seems to slip through the cracks. It's just too easy to get
overwhelmed by the volume of music in the digital age, and at some point we
all thank our lucky stars for people out there who shove something worth
listening to directly in our ears. Case in point: an active little bird at
xo Publicity who has a handle on things that are hot - like The Burning
Hotels from Austin, Texas!

The Burning Hotels have a new album titled Novels dropping April 27, and as
precursor to sweet pandemonium, the band is calling all fans of modern rock
to prepare their iPods and mp3 players with the first single off the record,
"Austin's Birthday." We've posted the video for the tune, but you also
might notice a little blue link below it. That's right - right click that
baby and dump it into your current playlist immediately. Then hit the band's
Myspace page and let them know how many great clubs in the Twin Cities are
awaiting their arrival!


audiotier.com reviews NOVELS

"It's all in the minimum"
< PerformanceAnnuals Sweet Sister, get your Loxtep >09/03/2010 The Burning
Hotels - Novels review From minute one, the Burning Hotels take charge. The
chaotic fluctuations combined with guitar leads and fine tuned song
mathematics make the debut 'Novels' seem like a well oiled locomotive that's
on the right track.


Californian post-punk is quickly driven with NY rock through an European
mindset and yet the indie hybrid fails to produce the factor X, although you
can't blame them for lack of trying - the semi-uninnovative yet very
endearing and well controlled chaos schemes endure throughout the record.
But the story telling fails to convince and the record lacks a certain
uniting spirit. Therefore the whole piece feels like a book of 11 chapters
but the author has forgotten the glue that holds the book together.

The obvious thing to do is to dissolve the whole piece into single digits
then. So we end up with the most memorable track on 'Novels' - "Austin's
Birthday" (a certain radio fave), the rest - artsier and with individual
sparks of excellence yet grow old fast.

Overall, 'Novels' is a high-speed-train ride - an adventure at first but
business as usual for the busy traveler.
The most fascinating thing about these Texan hipsters is their ability to
comfortably combine the NY venom of the Strokes, the Leeds playfulness of
the Kaiser Chiefs and the Las Vegan flair of the Killers. If not for all the
37 minutes but for that I take my hat off to The Burning Hotels for a solid

'Novels' drops April 26th, so look out for it.

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THE BURNING HOTELS - Novels (myspace.com/theburninghotels.com)

Coming through loud and clear with a pleasing sonic package of bright, peppy
vocals, dynamic arrangements, clean, tight, and tuneful arrangements, and
smart and thoughtful songwriting, this album hits the spot in a nicely
spirited and straightforward manner. The snappy tempos and constant beats
keep the music flowing along at a properly steady clip. Moreover, the
ringing guitars, chugging basslines, and sturdy drums blend together to
create a smooth arresting, and often excitingly kickin' sound. It's this
latter welcome and engaging element of youthful get up and go vitality which
in turn makes this baby such an enjoyable listen. A fun album.



Burning Hotels - Novels (Independently released CD, Pop/rock)
Smart, driving, modern guitar-driven pop rock. The guys in Burning Hotels
recorded this album in the attic of a garage on a farm out in the middle of
nowhere. Accordingly, it is rather surprising the amount of energy and spunk
they managed to capture on Novels. At times the band's tunes remind us of
The Strokes (particularly evident on "To Whom It May Concern")...but at
other times they just come across as energetic modern popsters. Eleven hard
pop cuts here including "Austin's Birthday," "The River," "First Love," and
"One To Five." Plenty of cool smart tunes here.




Birthdays at Burning Hotels Forged under the inspiration of post-punk and
angular melodies, the Burning Hotels cut through modern rock with driving
sounds and propulsive rhythms. The band made their recording debut with a
self-released EP titled, Eighty Five Mirrors, licensed by Razor & Tie. This
EP won the Fort Worth Weekly's Album of the Year. In the fall of 2009, the
band will release their debut full length LP and continue to tour. Mark
Needham (The Killers, Bloc Party) mixed this upcoming album tentatively
titled, Novels. The Burning Hotels have previously supported the Cribs, the
Horrors, Ladytron, the Octopus Project, the Appleseed Cast along with
countless other major artists at various festivals across the nation.

Get "Austin's Birthday" from Novels

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