Saturday, April 16, 2011

Boltcutter Dubstep - Riley Bradway

Riley Bradway of Boltcutter Dubstep

When you think of "hardcore music," you're probably going to be thinking of screamo or metal rock.  These styles are alright, but they're somewhat repeated constantly through new local bands who are trying to become famous like the original creators of hardcore music.  Well there's another type of hardcore music, and it's called dubstep.  This style is the hardest, "bassiest," deepest techno around.  This week we're highlighting Boltcutter née Riley Bradway, a dubstep artist who's trying to spread the music.

Boltcutter, née Riley Bradway, is an experimental dubstep producer from Moodus, CT. He has been creating, producing, and DJing electronic music for about a year.  This experience shows that his dubstep skills are backed up with his background in the techno genre. Over the past year, he has amassed a good-sized following on various websites, including praise from icons such as Mojo Dubstep, LU10 Records, and Synthetic Epiphany.  Included with all of these accomplishments, he has remixed several different kinds of music, including Far East Movement's "Like A G6" and A Day To Remember's "You Be Tails, I'll Be Sonic."  As for his inspirations, Boltcutter has taken influence from almost everywhere imaginable. Core dubstep influences include Chrispy, Kaney, Skrillex, Tek-One, Mojo, C99, and Quartus Saul. He has also been impacted by the drum & bass movement, with artists like Delta Heavy and Roni Size. Others are Deadmau5, Diplo, Attack Attack!, Klaas, Chris Lake, and Bar9.

As for advice for upcoming producers, Boltcutter has a few things to say: "It's easy to make it in dubstep production these days because everyone is listening to it. That's also the problem: there are so many dubstep artists out there, it becomes difficult to distinguish yourself from others. Here's my advice: don't use presets. Make the sounds your own. Slave over your waveforms if you need to. Make sure there's something to your music that sets it apart from others."

If you don't know what dubstep is, or what it sounds like, now is a great time to look into the style.  It's starting to sprout all over the world, and there's no stopping a viral style of music.  Go check out Bolcutter's dubstep if you're just getting a taste of this wild style.  And if you already know about this genre, go listen to him anyway so that you have some new heavy bass for your sub woofers in our car.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Cover Songs

Rebecca Black from Youtube Sensation "Friday"

In all honesty, there are some songs that come on the radio that you hear once and wish would just disappear.  (*Cough Cough* "Friday" by Rebecca Black.) But surprisingly, the right song redone by the right band can make even the worst songs into something fresh and new. "Friday" by Crash City for instance took a cookie cutter pop song with questionable lyrics and vocals and made it into a decent, self respecting song.

                            Original                                                                          Cover

     Another so-so song with an amazing cover is "Single Ladies" by Beyonce. The original song was catchy and quickly went viral with some mechanic wrist movements, but A Rocket To The Moon's version is sweet, slow, and sung from the perspective of their lead vocalist, Nick Santino, as a guy rather than a diva.

                            Original                                                                        Cover

     As for a rap song that went screamo, "Lollipop" by Lil' Wayne was popular a few years ago, but was briefly resurrected as a cover by Framing Hanley. With less autotune and drum machines and more screaming and guitars, "Lollipop" becomes a whole new experience. The song loses none of it's appeal, rather changes to a new genre that reaches a different listener group.

                          Original                                                                        Cover

     Although the original for "Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service is a great electronic song, if the Owl Cityesque melody does not suit your taste, try Confide's version. They start off with the normal intro, but once the vocals come in, it is no longer Ben Gibbards smooth singing but Ross Kenyon's signature screaming and the trademark loud guitars of Confide's metal sound.

                            Original                                                                        Cover

     A rather unique cover that includes beer bottle percussion, homemade marracas, and one very small accordion is "Womanizer" a song made by Britney Spears but perfected by the All-American Rejects. Another cover of the same song is done by Franz Ferdinand which has a solid guitar solo and bluesy syle, which makes it well worth a listen as well.

             All American Rejects  Cover                                               Franz Ferdinand  Cover

     Lastly, "Umbrella" by Rihanna struck a chord with both avid R&B and pop listeners, but left rock fans with something to be desired. Fortunately, pop punk Baltimore based band All Time Low took it upon themselves to fill that void. Their version is fast moving with All Time Low's usual, pop with a punch sound, but Rihanna's catchy lyrics.

                             Original                                                                         Cover

So, just as the cliche goes "don't judge a book by it's cover", don't judge a cover by it's original.

Please tell us what you think...which do you think is better, the original or the cover?

If you would like to hear more on each of the bands mentioned follow these links:

Crash City:
A Rocket To The Moon:
Framing Hanley:
All-American Rejects:
Franz Ferdinand:
All Time Low:

Rebecca Black:
Lil' Wayne:
The Postal Service:
Britney Spears:

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Lips

Anthony Laido of The Lips
Today we're going to show you an awesome new Indie band called "The Lips."  Here on Indie Alternative Rock, we believe in praising the best, and exposing the up and coming bands.  We're predicting that this band will be a great Indie music group that will gain many listeners over the course of the next few years.  Take a look at the info that we came up with!

BIO/PRESS: "The Lips" are an accomplished independent garage/punk duo from Oakland, New Jersey. "The Lips" started out as an experimental side project consisting of mostly electronic music in May of 2009, but has changed drastically since. Having won more than 20 songwriting awards worldwide, and focusing on extremely raw songwriting and production, it is only a matter of time until "The Lips" are recognized as one of the greatest independent artists of recent memory. They are expecting to release their debut album "A Generation In A Jar" in the summer of 2011. *THE AM demo EP is available via download now*

Heres what some other listeners had to say...

"The words are simple. 'I don't really think you know too much about anything.' That is the opening sentence on the title track 'Why Is There A Jew On The Cross?' off the debut demo by "The Lips." Controversial? Yes. Original? Yes. Good? YES!!! It is obvious someone doesn't care about selling out or trying to fit in to the industry that seems to be dying more and more every single day. The Lips' unique blend of garage/punk rock, and electronic pop anchor a sound desperately needed in a time where originality seems to be fading. *****!!!"
Jason @ Banana Peel Radio - BC Radio in Vancouver

"To say Anthony M. Laido is an artist is an understatement. Laido (The Lips' frontman) has created one of the most original sounds in recent memory. His first release since his years as a member of 'DubSound Distortion' as a teen, show the industry once again why he is one of the very few rising stars of this generation. The full-length debut demo is not only original, but is an unbelievable work of art. The music in very few words, could be described as 'disturbing pop music, that leaves you wanting more, and more, and more.' If you haven't heard this remarkable band yet, I suggest you do so immediately."
Some Different Accomplishments... 2007-2009 - Anthony M. Laido received 20 songwriting awards world-wide before his 19th birthday, including 7 wins for VH-1's "Song of the Year" competition. Anthony M. Laido received 2 "Grindie" awards for Best Alternative Rock Album 2 consecutive years (2008-2009). 2010 - "The Lips" were aired on over 400 radio stations world-wide, including 101.9 RXP (New York City FM) and garnered regular airplay on a number of FM stations in Burbank, California. 2011 - "The Lips" were the featured "Artist of the Month" on Purevolume.

Our Opinion..Personally, The Indie Team believes that "The Lips" are a great excuse to listen to Indie music.  Anthony Laido has made this band into something amazing over the past few years.  With his original sound, creative name, and massive experience in the industry, we believe that Anthony Laido and "The Lips" are worth listening to any day of the week.  Check out this great band, you won't regret it. 


*If you like what you hear be sure to check out The Lips on itunes

Friday, April 1, 2011

Top Ten Bands

Mumford & Sons - This Month's Top Band

Hey there readers!  It's the beginning of the month, and it's time for another top ten list, courtesy of your Indie Team.  This month we're highlighting our current favorite ten bands that we think are making an impact in today's music.  Let us know what you think, and most importantly, listen to these awesome bands.  They'll be sure to give you a couple new songs to listen to on your free time.


Don't like our list?  That's totally alright!  Give us your version of the top ten best bands in the music industry.  We would love to hear your opinion.  And if you do like our list..that's awesome too!  Listen to these great bands and become a follower of  Indie Alternative Rock for information on other great bands like these.